USAID Leaves Panama After 50 years

The U.S. Agency for International Development has announced the close of its operations in Panama in September 2012.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"In the 50 years of operation in the country, USAID has assisted with over $1.2 billion aimed at agricultural and community development programs, to large construction projects and expansion of public facilities", reports Panamaamerica.com.pa .

The U.S. is abandoning Panama and if help is needed, "we will certainly give it", said Mark Feierstein, administrator for USAID Latin America and the Caribbean.

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U.S Will Resume Aid To Honduras

February 2010

The announcement was made by Hugo Llorens, U.S. ambassador in Honduras.

’It is not fair to isolate Honduras. In Washington, we are beginning the process to unfreeze economic aid for the country’, said Llorens, at a press conference with President Porfirio Lobo.

Economic assistance to Honduras was suspended seven months ago, as a way of forcing the de facto government to reinstate President Manuel Zelaya.

Efficiency of Fomilenio I in El Salvador Being Questioned

July 2013

A Wall Street Journal article has pointed out the futility of the Northern Longitudinal Highway and a recession in the Salvadoran economy over the last 10 years.

"... The Northern Highway (which passes through some of the least populated areas of the most densely populated country in Central America) is an unfinished work, courtesy of the North American taxpayers," noted an article on Online.wsj.com.

United States to Resume Aid to Honduras

February 2010

Hillary Clinton, U.S. State Secretary, announced that her country intends to reactivate economic aid to Honduras.

Laprensa.hn reported that “Clinton stated her interest in strengthening social programs in the country, those geared to the most vulnerable population”.

U.S. economic aid was suspended after the destitution of ex president Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009.

U.S. Disburses $75 Million to Honduras

June 2010

The resources are earmarked for infrastructure projects and agriculture support projects.

Hugo Llorens, U.S. ambassador in Honduras, told members of the pres that they will renovate the Millennium Challenge program that expires on September 30.
One of the included projects is the expansion of the CA-5 highway.

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