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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Your Excellency, Dr. Chheng Kimsun, Delegate of the Royal Government of Cambodia and Head of the Forestry Administration

Distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen

It is my great pleasure to see all of you here today for the “Launch of the Prey Lang Landscape Biodiversity Assessment Report.”  Protecting Cambodia’s natural resources is a priority for the U.S. government and we are proud to have supported this important initiative.

USAID works closely with the Cambodian government to preserve and sustainably manage its forests and rich biodiversity.  Our Supporting Forests and Biodiversity Project, which funds this Biodiversity Assessment, is one of the main ways that we do this.

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Tuesday, 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.

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Tuesday, 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.

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Wednesday, 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.

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Friday, 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.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On behalf of the American people, thank you for allowing me to make brief remarks. A fundamental principle in democracy is that citizens have the right to demand accountability and that the government at all levels from the commune council to the national level including the Ministry of Education have an obligation to be accountable. Each and every appointed and elected official and civil servants are accountable for their conduct and performance.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

I am honored to be here this afternoon in recognition of Cambodia’s National Day against Trafficking.  I would like to recognize the Provincial Committee to Combat Human Trafficking who have worked closely with our partner – Winrock International – to make this event a reality.  Too many Cambodians continue to be pushed into situations where they are easily exploited or trafficked.   We need to recommit our collective energy to ensure those situations are a thing of the past.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

According to the WHO status report on road safety, road traffic accidents result in more than 1 million deaths globally each year. For every 1 person who dies in a road traffic crash, 20 are injured. And 1 in 20 of those injured is left with a disability.  At such a scale, this is an issue that impacts each of us. We envision a world where we and our loved ones face fewer risks as we go about our everyday lives.

But the numbers don’t really describe the huge impact that accidents have.  A traffic death may cost a family its wage earner.  Traffic injuries may mean a child won’t be able to attend school.  In short – the accidents have the potential to cost Cambodia’s government and its society heavily. What makes events like today all the more exciting, however, is that we come together not just to discuss the problem, but to celebrate a solution: the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation’s “Head Safe, Helmet On” campaign.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good morning.  It is my great pleasure to join you here this morning at the Private Sector Forum on the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Law.

Today’s forum is important, because it addresses a challenge that Cambodia, as well as many countries around the world, are facing:  How do we pursue economic development without sacrificing the health of our environment? 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development, which I represent, is an important supporter of education around the world. Education is a pathway to better opportunities for every person, their community, and their nation. Through the School Dropout Prevention Program (SDPP), USAID is working closely with the Ministry of Education to achieve Cambodia’s Millennium Development Goal: Universal Access to Basic Education by 2015. The SDPP program supports the Ministry’s policy on Preventing Student from Dropout of School and Information Communication Technology in education, which calls for access to ICT for all teachers and students, especially at the secondary level.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Globally, nearly 300,000 women and over 3 million infants die each year from complications in pregnancy and birth – with unplanned pregnancies often carrying the highest risk.  Here in Cambodia, as evidenced by our last Demographic and Health Survey, 206 Cambodian women needlessly lose their lives for every 100,000 live births -- usually from preventable and treatable causes.

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