In the increasingly integrated regional economy, businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, will need to understand the benefits of the AEC. Along with that understanding, they will also need access to technology, innovation and finance that will help them take advantage of the opportunities the AEC offers. But businesses are made up of more than technology and capital. They are run by people. Businesses will also need a strong and vibrant workforce that will help them innovate and grow. And as you all know, ASEAN’s focus on human resource development is particularly important for the workforce of the newer ASEAN member states – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The good news is that these countries have booming economies and industries in ASEAN targeted sectors, such as tourism, food processing, electronics, and construction.
After the drought, USAID pledged to get ahead of these shocks. In 2012, we launched a policy and program guidance on resilience. We defined resilience as:
Data, information, and evidence are the cornerstone of all successful development programs – especially in health – and USAID is strongly committed to using these valuable tools. The Demographic and Health Surveys are one of USAID’s most successful initiatives worldwide; DHS reports have been produced in more than 80 different countries.
As I am sure all of you know, nowhere in the world is development such an important part of U.S. engagement as it is in Africa. And today, Africans are the architects of their development, not just beneficiaries. Donors support their plans, they do not dictate them. Citizens demand democracy, not autocracy, and they are seizing the opportunities to shape the future of their countries. And, development work needs good governance if it is to fully succeed and last.
On behalf of the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), I would like to congratulate the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-PENRO Isabela under the leadership of PENRO William Savella for spearheading the Earth Day 2015 celebration in this province.
It is an honor to join you this afternoon on National Disability Day. This year Vietnam and the United States celebrate the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between our two countries. During that period our governments have partnered for significant achievements in areas of economic growth and trade, health, education, and support to vulnerable populations including persons with disabilities.
Tôi rất vinh hạnh được tham gia cùng quý vị trong buổi lễ chiều nay nhân Ngày Người khuyết tật Việt Nam. Năm nay, Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ kỷ niệm 20 năm bình thường hóa quan hệ ngoại giao giữa hai nước. Trong suốt thời gian này, chính phủ hai nước đã hợp tác và đạt được những thành tựu đáng kể trên nhiều lĩnh vực, về tăng trưởng kinh tế, thương mại, y tế, giáo dục và hỗ trợ các nhóm yếu thế, trong đó có người khuyết tật.
The acceleration of development and the eradication of poverty have been the enduring commitments of USAID throughout our more than 50-year history. And yet we stand today at a unique time, with unique opportunities.
Just as the U.S. – India relationship has evolved, so has the way we address development challenges together.
Thank you all for coming together with us to have this very important discussion. And allow me to recognize the presence of Undersecretary Gil Beltran from the Department of Finance in the Philippines, with thanks for taking time out of your very busy schedule to attend this important event. Of course I would also like to thank Stephen O’Connell, USAID’s Chief Economist who is joining us from Washington DC, and so many other distinguished guests.
Last updated: July 06, 2015