16th May 2020 – Minister of Finance Nina Angelovska and USAID Country Representative Erik Janowsky signed Agreement to provide US$ 16 million aimed at supporting: national and municipal government efforts to leverage and successfully manage financial resources and implement accountability mechanisms, the State Election Commission’s work to lead free and fair elections and monitor political party funding and spending during elections, civil society organizations to engage constructively in public policies and practices for greater accountability and rule of law, the Ministry of Education and Science to promote inter-ethnic cohesion and a civic culture among children and youth, and the regulatory environment for renewable energy generation, to help increase investment in domestic energy generation, reduce energy import dependence, and enable a sustainable energy system.
“We value our expanding partnership with the United States as we jointly seek to achieve common goals,” Minister Angelovska stated.
“This Agreement is evidence of our new relationship as NATO allies. This collaboration is of great significance for us, especially as we seek to adjust to the new global COVID-19 environment and build on recent achievements to quickly recover our momentum toward European Integration.” Angelovska said.
“Our shared goal is to see a prosperous, inclusive, and self-reliant North Macedonia,” Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes said. “By combating corruption, creating opportunities for youth, and supporting economic development, we seek to help North Macedonia reach its potential as a prosperous European country fully integrated into transatlantic institutions.”
The United States has invested more than US$ 1.2 billion in North Macedonia since 1993, including over $830 million through USAID.