Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
April 1, 2011


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Flag of Georgia is red cross on white background, with smaller red cross in each of four quadrants. ASSISTANCE GOALS: United States Government (USG) assistance aims to promote consolidation and advancement of the democratic reforms and to assist Georgia’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community through the implementation of free-market reforms. The USG also supports Georgia’s efforts to attain energy security by diversifying its energy sources. In June 2009, the USG fulfilled its pledge of a $1 billion economic support package for Georgia to assist internally displaced persons, rebuild damaged infrastructure, and help restore investor confidence in the Georgian economy following the August 2008 conflict with Russia.

AREAS OF FOCUS:
Peace and Security (P&S)
  • Reform, train and equip the Georgian military to meet NATO standards and to support contributions to international peacekeeping and security operations
  • Improve the capacity of the Georgian Border Police and Custom Service to fight smuggling, increase revenue and secure borders
  • Increase the skills of Georgian law enforcement officials
Governing Justly and Democratically (GJD)
  • Improve executive, parliamentary and local government capacity, transparency, accountability and citizen outreach
  • Strengthen judicial independence, legal profession reform, judicial and legal education, and the criminal procedure code
  • Bolster political party competitiveness, and promote free and fair elections
  • Strengthen civil society, civic education, and public policy discourse
  • Support the development of independent media and increase access to objective information
Investing in People (IIP)
  • Increase access to affordable quality health and social services
  • Support decentralization and accreditation of the education system
  • Strengthen vocational education in the tourism and road construction sectors
Economic Growth (EG)
  • Promote regulatory reform to foster growth of small/medium-sized businesses
  • Increase diversification of energy sources and export markets
  • Restore investor confidence and rebuild infrastructure damaged in the August 2008 conflict with Russia
Humanitarian Assistance (HA)
  • Deliver donated pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies valued at $25M to health care facilities in Georgia
RECENT SUCCESSES:
  • Helped increase foreign trade, raising GOG’s position on the World Bank’s trading across borders index from 149 in 2007 to 30 in 2010.
  • Distributed $7.2M worth of humanitarian aid, medicine and supplies to schools and orphanages
  • Increased parliamentary transparency and accountability by helping develop a parliamentary voting records database.
  • Returned 8,400 acres of land to productive use following the August 2008 conflict, clearing away over 3,700 items of explosive ordnance.

*This fact sheet does not reflect Peace Corps funding or centrally managed or regional Foreign Operations funding that is not specifically budgeted for Georgia.