DHAKA, AUGUST 26, 2015 – Alfonso Lenhardt, current head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), arrives in Dhaka on August 28 for a four-day visit. Administrator Lenhardt leads USAID—the primary U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential in over 100 countries worldwide. During his stay in Dhaka, Mr. Lenhardt will meet with several ministers from the Government of Bangladesh to discuss the ongoing partnership between the United States and Bangladesh towards achieving the goal of helping Bangladesh become a middle-income country by 2021. Administrator Lenhardt will also visit some of USAID’s key development projects in agriculture, nutrition, wildlife and environmental conservation, and labor sectors.
The U.S. Government, through USAID, has provided over $6 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971. In 2014, USAID provided nearly $200 million to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh. USAID supports programs in Bangladesh that promote democratic institutions and practices, expand food security and economic opportunity, improve health and education services, and increase resiliency to climate change through adaptation and low carbon development.
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