Arrival of the first USAID mission director in Uzbekistan
June 10, 2021, Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Today, Mikaela Meredith took up her post as the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) first mission director in Uzbekistan. Ms. Meredith has nearly 30 years of development experience with USAID. Prior to her new role, Ms. Meredith served as USAID Representative in Albania from 2018-2021 and USAID Mission Director in Azerbaijan from 2015 to 2018. She also served in Yemen, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Washington DC. She holds an MA from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University in New York.
“This marks the start of a new chapter in USAID’s partnership with the government and people of Uzbekistan,” said Chargé d’Affaires Alan Meltzer. “USAID’s newly strengthened presence will increase our collective capacity to help Uzbekistan build a vibrant private sector and civil society, address climate change, modernize its education and health systems, and strengthen good governance.
“The creation of the new mission was part of the US strategy for Central Asia adopted in 2020, which was recently reaffirmed by the Biden administration,” said Mikaela Meredith. “It is an honor and a privilege for me to be the first USAID mission director in Uzbekistan. It is an important mission and I take this responsibility very seriously, ”she added.
USAID’s bilateral mission to Uzbekistan was established in September 2020. The new mission underscores the US government’s long-term commitment to the government and people of Uzbekistan.
In Uzbekistan, USAID supports initiatives focused on improving economic growth, trade, and strengthening the private sector. Other priority areas include education, water management, health, rule of law and citizens’ access to justice as well as issues related to renewable energy, safe migration and the fight against trafficking in persons.
USAID’s partnership with Uzbekistan began shortly after the country’s independence. Since 1992, the American people, through USAID, have provided more than $ 500 million for programs that support the development of a prosperous Uzbekistan.
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USAID partners with the government of Uzbekistan to diversify the country’s economy and increase regional trade, address serious health threats – including COVID-19 – and strengthen the government’s capacity to respond to needs of the population. For more information, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/uzbekistan.