Samantha Power, the administrator for USAID, arrived in Kathmandu today morning on an official visit and held an event to announce that USAID will provide up to $58.5 million for development progress in Nepal.

Power, who holds a cabinet status and National Security Council membership in the Joe Biden administration, is among the senior-most official to visit Nepal.

“Following transparent and peaceful elections in 2022, Nepal has an opportunity to strengthen federalism, advance the inclusion of women and marginalized communities, empower its young people, and demonstrate that democracy can deliver for its citizens. The United States will be a partner in this effort,” a press statement from USAID reads.

Samantha Power is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Deputy Prime Minister Bishnu Paudel, Foreign Affairs Minister Bimala Rai Paudyal, civil society leaders and some businesspersons before leaving Nepal tomorrow.