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June 7, 2014

Yangon – Today at a signing ceremony attended by U.S. Ambassador Derek J. Mitchell and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Chris Milligan, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced that the company is partnering with USAID to invest in the social and economic growth. By producing its products from two factories in Yangon, Gap Inc. becomes the first American retailer to enter the Myanmar market. The company’s partnership with USAID will help lay the foundation for Gap Inc. to provide growth and economic opportunities for women in the country.

The garment industry stands poised to become a significant source of jobs, exports and opportunity for the people of this country. Gap Inc. is applying industry-leading best practices, which include audits by a well-respected non-governmental organization, to ensure that internationally recognized human rights and labor standards are upheld in the factories from which the company is sourcing. Gap Inc.’s vendors in Myanmar will be bound by the company’s Code of Vendor Conduct.

USAID/Burma Mission Director Chris Milligan (left) and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah (right) in North Okkalapa Township
February 28, 2014

Administrator Rajiv Shah yesterday helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in this country. This milestone first liter, which marks the launch of the partnership, was delivered at a community in North Okkalapa Township, Rangoon. 

 In Burma USAID and P&G partner to provide clean drinking water and promote sanitation practices for some of the country's most
February 27, 2014

United States Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Burma February 27-28. USAID is delivering on commitments made during Dr. Shah's last visit in March 2013, rapidly mobilizing support to partner with the people of Burma to deepen and strengthen reform. 

February 25, 2014

With the establishment of a formal USAID mission in Myanmar in 2012, the United States recognizes the recent reform efforts as the most significant opportunity in decades to engage with the people of Myanmar. And we are hard at work. In fact, USAID Administrator Dr. Shah is scheduled to be in Myanmar later this week to continue momentum on key issues.

November 13, 2013

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the three winning partnerships selected under its Higher Education Partnerships to Support the U.S.-Burma Commitment to Democracy, Peace and Prosperity. These partnerships build upon President Obama’s call to “extend a hand” to Burma in its progress toward democracy.

October 29, 2013

USAID has been providing humanitarian assistance to Burma since 2000. In 2008, our efforts scaled up in response to the devastation of Cyclone Nargis. From 2008 to 2012, the United States has provided a total of $196 million in bilateral foreign assistance funding to support humanitarian needs, promote democracy, and human rights through projects focused on civil society capacity building, health, education, and humanitarian assistance along the Thai-Burma border, in the Irrawaddy delta, and in central Burma.

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