An old and ongoing relationship between the USA and Bolivia

Current Bolivian government is one day attacking the USG and the next signs agreements… is it politically correct or does it led to anything? Is Bolivia better off with or without the aid of the USA? In any case, our Bolivia humor portrayed this cartoon:

It is from El Diario, April 2, 2012. While the Foreign Affairs minister (on top of the framework agreement and the bilateral relationship) is shaking hands with uncle Sam, current president is making gestures, behind them.

The following paragraphs are from the Department of State, regarding the relationship over the years of the USA and Bolivia. We should not forget that USAID/Bolivia was the main latest donor (grants) to Bolivia, for over 40 years, yes over 40 years.

The United States and Bolivia have traditionally had cordial and cooperative relations. Development assistance from the United States to Bolivia dates from the 1940s; the U.S. remains a major partner for economic development, improved health, democracy, and the environment. In 1991, the U.S. Government forgave a $341 million debt owed by Bolivia to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as well as 80% ($31 million) of the amount owed to the Department of Agriculture for food assistance. The United States has also been a strong supporter of forgiveness of Bolivia’s multilateral debt under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiatives.

USAID has been providing assistance to Bolivia since the 1960s and works with the Government of Bolivia, the private sector, and the Bolivian people to achieve equitable and sustainable development. In fiscal year 2012 USAID/Bolivia provided about $27 million in development assistance. USAID’s programs support Bolivia’s National Development Plan and are designed to address key issues, such as poverty and the social exclusion of historically disadvantaged populations, focusing efforts on Bolivia’s peri-urban and rural populations.

Regardless who is government, here or in the USA, the people of both countries have had a long and standing friendship, and that is not going to change.

Published by Bolivian Thoughts

Senior managerial experience on sustainable development projects.

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