More clues on Mitt Romney’s foreign aid plans

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Photo by: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA

In a speech ripe with criticism of U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney proposed another reform of the United States’ foreign aid program.

“I will organize all assistance efforts in the greater Middle East under one official with responsibility and accountability to prioritize efforts and produce results,” Romney said as part of a foreign policy speech he delivered Oct. 8 in Lexington, Virginia.

Romney did not specify if this plan covers both military and civilian assistance or whether he plans to appoint a different official for either type of aid.

In his speech, Romney once again emphasized the need to shift to a development program that embraces free enterprise, trade and good governance. U.S. foreign assistance should create incentives to promote these three, he said.

Romney first proposed the idea of creating such incentives as part of “prosperity pacts” when he addressed the recently concluded 2012 Clinton Global Initiative in New York, USA.

Romney and Obama will answer questions from the public about U.S. foreign policy at a town hall-style meeting on Oct. 16 in New York. Another presidential debate on Oct. 22 in Florida will focus solely on foreign policy.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.