Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the establishment of The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which will be celebrated under the theme 'Ending Extreme Poverty'.
In a release, the US Embassy in Kingston noted that USAID began in 1962 with President John F. Kennedy's vision for foreign assistance.
"Today, USAID continues to save lives and advance opportunities for sustainable economic growth and development around the world," the embassy said.
51 years in JAMAICA
In Jamaica, USAID established its mission in 1962. Since then, it has been one of the largest bilateral donors to the country and has committed more than US$2 billion to the island's development. Over this period, the sectoral investments of USAID Jamaica programmes have been strategically chosen in partnership with the Government of Jamaica, the private sector, and other beneficiaries to sustain market-oriented policy reforms, diversify the economy and promote the private sector.
In addition, the mission has helped to conserve natural resources and improve agricultural development, reduce population growth, enhance the human capital base, and alleviate poverty.
Currently, the priority goals of US assistance in Jamaica are focused on promoting greater transparency and good governance practices, fostering Jamaican participation in regional security, strengthening basic education, reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, and decreasing vulnerability to the impacts of climate change - all in an effort to eradicate extreme poverty and increase economic prosperity.