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June 10, 2015

Cambodia, a country of just over 15 million people in Southeast Asia, has spent the last 20 years rebuilding from decades of civil war. The country has made great progress, enjoying steady economic growth rates over the recent decade and significant improvements in quality of life. Having once had the region’s highest HIV rate, Cambodia cut its prevalence rate in half from 1998 to 2010 and has made incredible advances in its fight against tuberculosis and infant deaths.

Key challenges, however, remain. Political constraints limit human rights and full and fair elections. One-fifth of the population lives below the poverty level. Rural livelihoods, dependent on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and other natural resources, are increasingly threatened by climate change. Maternal death rates remain high. While more than half of Cambodia’s population is under the age of 25, the health and education systems are underfunded.

USAID Cambodia Mission Director Rebecca Black speaks at the Launch of the Cambodian National Plan of Action to Combat Traffickin
February 10, 2015

am honored to be here this afternoon in recognition of this great new initiative for Cambodia’s National Committee for Counter Trafficking. I would like to thank the National Committee and our respective Cambodia government counterparts for their collaboration with USAID and Winrock International to increase national and international efforts to fight human trafficking.

Adam Schumacher speaks at Wheelchair Service Training Package Workshop
February 10, 2015

I am very happy to be here with all of you this morning. On behalf of the U.S. government, I would like to thank His Excellency Sem Sokha, Veterans International Cambodia, the World Health Organization, and our other partners for their collaboration and support to the Wheelchair Service Training Package workshop today. I would also like to express gratitude to the workshop participants who are transforming the lives of Cambodians with disabilities by helping them decrease their dependence on others and realize their full and productive potential to participate in society.

Director of USAID Cambodia’s Office of Public Health and Education at Dissemination Workshop on Clinical Practice Guidelines
February 4, 2015

I am happy to be here today to help conclude the Clinical Practice Guidelines Dissemination Workshop. USAID has proudly supported the Ministry of Health throughout the process of developing and implementing these guidelines. We view this initiative as an important part of our shared effort to improve the quality of medical care in Cambodia.

Remarks by USAID Cambodia Mission Director Rebecca Black at US-ASEAN Business Alliance Workshop
January 30, 2015

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises are the backbone of almost all economies in the world. Their essential contribution to sustained and broad-based development has become even more indispensable in the regional and global economy of today. This is particularly the case in ASEAN, with each member nation having between 52 and 97 percent of its domestic employment within the SME sector. Here in Cambodia, a recent report from the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia puts SME employment at 73 percent of the domestic work force.

January 30, 2015

More than 125 small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs attended a one-day workshop in Phnom Penh today to enhance their knowledge and skills on good business practices presented by U.S. multi-national companies.

Sponsored by the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs, a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC), the workshop included training in good business, financial and legal practices, and solutions including e-commerce and logistic tools to help improve the competitiveness of the participating firms.

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