Trump’s US Government Approves $17 Million Funding for Tibetans

President Donald Trump led government of the United States has approved the $17 million funding support for Tibetans in exile and Tibet. Donald Trump has signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 on Friday and the fiscal year 2019 funding will be sanctioned through September 30.

The Appropriation bill includes (not less than) $8 million funding for the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan communities in China; $6 million funding for Tibetan communities in India and Nepal and $3 million funding to strengthen the capacity of Tibetan institutions and governance in exile, according to the report in official website of Central Tibetan Administration.

“The US President Donald Trump signed the ‘Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019’ on Friday, 15 February which sanctioned the fiscal year 2019 funding for several government departments through September 30, 2019. The Appropriation bill included (not less than) $8 million for the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan communities in China; $6 million for Tibetan community in India and Nepal; and $3 million to strengthen the capacity of Tibetan institutions and governance in exile. In addition to the total $17 million listed here, there are also other Tibetan programs from the US government.” said the report.

While the CTA officials expressed gratitude towards the US government and the people for their continued financial support towards the Tibetan communities, the details of the $17 million funding are as published below:

The details of the funding are:

(g)Tibet

(1)Financing of projects in Tibet

The Secretary of the Treasury should instruct the United States executive director of each international financial institution to use the voice and vote of the United States to support financing of projects in Tibet if such projects do not provide incentives for the migration and settlement of non-Tibetans into Tibet or facilitate the transfer of ownership of Tibetan land and natural resources to non-Tibetans, are based on a thorough needs-assessment, foster self-sufficiency of the Tibetan people and respect Tibetan culture and traditions, and are subject to effective monitoring.

(2)Programs for Tibetan communities

(A)Tibet autonomous region

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the funds appropriated by this Act under the heading “Economic Support Fund”, not less than $8,000,000 shall be made available to nongovernmental organizations to support activities which preserve cultural traditions and promote sustainable development, education, and environmental conservation in Tibetan communities in the Tibet Autonomous Region and in other Tibetan communities in China.

(B)India and Nepal

Of the funds appropriated by this Act under the heading “Economic Support Fund”, not less than $6,000,000 shall be made available for programs to promote and preserve Tibetan culture, development, and the resilience of Tibetan communities in India and Nepal, and to assist in the education and development of the next generation of Tibetan leaders from such communities: Provided, That such funds are in addition to amounts made available in subparagraph (A) for programs inside Tibet.

(C)Tibetan governance

Of the funds appropriated by this Act under the heading “Economic Support Fund”, not less than $3,000,000 shall be made available for programs to strengthen the capacity of Tibetan institutions and governance.

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