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Spreading the G.O.L.D.: U.S. to Spark Small Biz Growth
U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Jan. 27, 2013 | Steve Peacock

Posted on 01/27/2013 11:03:17 AM PST by Steve Peacock

Small businesses soon can expect a boost of support from the Obama Administration, which is launching the Growth Oriented Local Development, or GOLD, program -- in the Southeastern European nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Obama through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) last week alerted vendors to potential program-contracting opportunities via a presolicitation notice that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor located during routine database research.

Despite an end to civil war fifteen years ago -- and in spite of about $8 billion in post-conflict, international donor support -- that nation continues to lag "behind its neighbors’ political and economic progress," USAID says in its Country Development Cooperation Strategy 2012-2016.

The "overarching objective" of the U.S. "is to help a stable, prosperous, sovereign, democratic, and multi-ethnic BiH become fully integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions (the EU and NATO)." Critical to achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives are programs centering on "youth, civil society, empowering women, and inter-ethnic reconciliation," the strategy indicates.

USAID will issue a formal Request for Proposals for the GOLD project around Feb. 15. The agency said in a presolicitation notice that it expects to jointly fund the program in conjunction with the Swedish International Development Agency, or SIDA.

USAID stated, albeit vaguely, several project goals including:

Improving local economic development management capacity;

Spurring economic activity through increased public-private partnerships;

Strengthening private sector capacity, "resulting in increased skill levels of employees in the private sector and an increase in the number of local supply chain networks and the economic value they generate."

USAID did not disclose GOLD's estimated cost.

Source document: Solicitation #SOL-168-13-000002.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: bosnia; foreignaid; obama

1 posted on 01/27/2013 11:03:23 AM PST by Steve Peacock
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To: Steve Peacock

Small business in eastern europe gets a boost from obama. In the US, small business gets crushed under the boot of obama. Go figure.

2 posted on 01/27/2013 11:13:04 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Steve Peacock


Obama kicks off the 2014 campaign fundraising season!

3 posted on 01/27/2013 11:13:37 AM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: factoryrat

Available to muslimes only???

4 posted on 01/27/2013 11:49:47 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepisssssed)
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To: Steve Peacock; All
Given that Obama relies on taxes appropriated by Congress for his generous grants to small businesses in Boznia, the problem is that Justice Joseph Story had noted that Congress is not to use the General Welfare clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 1) as an excuse to justify aid to foreign nations.
"If the tax be not proposed for the common defence, or general welfare, but for other objects, wholly extraneous, (as for instance, for propagating Mahometanism among the Turks, or giving aids and subsidies to a foreign nation, to build palaces for its kings, or erect monuments to its heroes,) it would be wholly indefensible upon constitutional principles (emphases added)." --Justice Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution 2 (1833).

5 posted on 01/27/2013 12:15:02 PM PST by Amendment10
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