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Thursday, January 29, 2015

[As Delivered]

For anyone who doesn't know Andy Herscowitz, and I'm hopeful that you all do, I'll ask him to stand up and just to say hi. He is our leader from Power Africa. You will also get a chance to meet just after I conclude my colleague Gayle Smith from the White House, because Power Africa is in fact a presidential initiative that the President cares deeply about, and I think you'll see that in her remarks.

I just want to note that I'm honored to be here. It's truly been an extraordinary week. On Saturday in Davos, I saw representatives from many of the world's largest financial institutions and corporations rally around the idea that companies and investors can play a much bigger role in global development in emerging markets especially in these next 10 years.

On Sunday in India, I was with President Obama and Prime Minister Modi as they made clean energy access central to the relationship--the newly reinvigorated relationship--between the United States and India, which we hope is an anchor of our work and our presence throughout Asia.

And on Tuesday in Berlin, on the way home, I led a U.S. group that committed more than $1 billion to Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization because we know that that effort works to save children's lives, and we believe that investment will help save more than 5 million kids over the course of the next 5 years.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 1:15am

As you all know, wildlife trafficking is a logistics and transport-intensive activity. Traffickers of wildlife and wildlife products have discrete smuggling methods, networks, routes and markets. And evidence indicates that legitimate transportation and distribution supply chains are also being used to traffic illegal wildlife. For example, ivory is most often hidden in shipping containers, while rhino horn is usually trafficked by air passengers.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 8:30am

For generations, the United States has been a leader in providing development assistance to alleviate suffering in Kenya and across the globe.  But food price spikes and resulting instability in 2007 and 2008 were a wake-up call: More needed to be done to break the vicious cycle of hunger and poverty.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:00am

And we are especially honored to have Ethiopia’s First Lady join us this morning to officially open the conference. She has been a very important advocate for strengthening the role of women in the professional world, and her presence today also shows Ethiopia’s support for this important initiative that addresses the role of women in agribusiness.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 3:15am

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of normalized relations between the United States and Vietnam and look to the future, perhaps is there no greater opportunity to bring our two great nations together than on climate change and the environment. It is, therefore, truly an honor to speak on this topic so early in my tenure here in Vietnam and at such an important event.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 3:15am

Khi chúng ta cùng kỷ niệm 20 năm bình thường hóa quan hệ giữa Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ và hướng tới tương lai, có lẽ vấn đề biến đổi khí hậu và môi trường chính là cơ hội tốt nhất để đưa hai nước xích lại gần nhau. Vì vậy, đây thực sự là vinh hạnh cho tôi khi được phát biểu về vấn đề này vào đầu nhiệm kỳ của mình ở Việt Nam và trong một sự kiện quan trọng như thế này.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 11:00pm

Good morning all, and welcome to USAID’s second Mobile Solutions for Development Forum.  USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), along with our partner and event co-organizer, FHI360, is privileged to have close to 100 people here today, all with amazing backgrounds and experience - from the private sector, NGOs, and the academic community, to other donors, USAID staff, and implementing partners, from many countries in the region.  I am sure your discussions will be rich and productive!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 4:45am

This inaugural Vietnam Policymakers Seminar Series is co-organized by the USAID Governance for Inclusive Growth Program (GIG) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Academy of Policy Development (MPI/APD). The series of seminars has been developed to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices on policy analysis and a networking forum for mid-level Vietnamese government officials.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 7:30pm

Today’s ceremony demonstrates the U.S. Government’s ongoing commitment to help bring peace and stability in Mindanao. Graduates, we have no doubt that you will shape a more stable and prosperous future for the Philippines.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 1:45am

I am very pleased to be here with you all today to launch Inform Asia, a health research program that will be implemented by our partners RTI International and the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre. We know that learning and knowledge-sharing are powerful accelerators of successful development, and in that way this activity will play an important role in helping us to achieve better health policy - and better health conditions - for the people of the region.

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:00pm

In my years as Mission Director of USAID in the Philippines, I have been a frequent visitor of Bohol, in work-related and personal capacities. I thoroughly enjoyed all those visits, not only because of Bohol’s unique attractions, but more importantly, the friendship and warm hospitality that the Boholanos offer. I’m sure I am not alone in feeling this way. I look forward to exploring your exhibit as I will surely discover new places that will persuade me to come back again. I may take advantage of the travel discounts myself.

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