United States Agency for International Development (USAID Assistant Administrator Anne Aarnes, arrives in Dhaka today on a four-day visit to see USAID-aided projects in Khulna, Jessore, Bagerhat and Munshiganj.
Ms Aarnes is responsible for USAID’s development programmes throughout Asia, except Afghanistan and Pakistan, of more than half of the world’s population, said US embassy press release.
Prior to taking up her current position, she served as USAID Mission Director in Pakistan and Jordan and USAID Deputy Mission Director in Egypt and Bangladesh. In Washington D.C, she was posted as USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East.
Ms. Anne Aarnes, a Career Minister in USAID’s Senior Foreign Service was named the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Asia on October 6.She was most recently the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs.
She served as USAID Director in Pakistan and Jordan and USAID Deputy Director in Egypt and Bangladesh. In Washington, DC, she was posted as USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East. She also completed an assignment as a member of the faculty of the National War College.
Earlier in her Foreign Service career, she managed strategy and budget as well as democracy and health activities for USAID programs in Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus.
The United States Government, through the USAID has provided over $6 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971. This year USAID provided nearly $200 million to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh.
USAID supports programmes 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.