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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

(as prepared for delivery)

 

  • Ms. Sabine Joukes and the WE Act team.
  • Women entrepreneurs and representatives of associations in Kampong Cham.
  • Distinguished ladies and gentlemen

I am honored to be here with you today to support young women entrepreneurs in the province and region.  We are pleased to work with our longstanding partner – Pact Cambodia – who implements the Women Entrepreneurs Act – or WE Act – project.

This year, the U.S. Embassy is showcasing the shared values that drive U.S. and Cambodian cooperation. This quarter, we are focusing on Prosperity and Sustainability, and our support to female entrepreneurs is just one example of our collaboration to help all Cambodians benefit from the country’s growing prosperity.

Speech

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Today, it is my great pleasure to join you for the official release and dissemination of CIAS 2019. As the prominent source of national level data in Cambodia, the CIAS 2019 will provide critical information to the Royal Government of Cambodia for policy design and implementation in agriculture development, poverty reduction, and economic growth.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

We are here today to learn from and make connections with each other. The people you meet and the knowledge you will share with each other can help your businesses grow and overcome the unprecedented challenges created by COVID-19.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

It is my honor to be here today for the opening of this critically important Kampong Cham Documentation Center. I am inspired when I see Cambodians so deeply committed to promoting national reconciliation through historical remembrance.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The US. Agency for International Development – or USAID – works closely with the Ministry of Environment and other partners to protect Cambodia’s natural resources. We address the causes of deforestation, land encroachment, and biodiversity loss in the Eastern Plains landscape in Mondulkiri province and the Prey Lang Landscapes in Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, Kratie, and Stung Treng provinces. Our work emphasizes the participation of communities, youth, students, civil society organizations, and government officials to effectively manage the country’s natural resources in a sustainable manner.  Supporting this event is an important part of USAID’s environment strategy.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

USAID has helped HPCs regulate health professions in Cambodia over the past seven years. The USAID ASSIST Project, for example, was established in partnership with the five HPCs and the Ministry of Health to strengthen health profession regulation in Cambodia between 2014 and 2018.  That project also supported the development of the HPC National Strategic Plan 2015–2020.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Congratulations to the National AIDS Authority and all partners for their hard work developing this strategic, multi-sectoral roadmap to eliminating HIV as a public health threat.

The plan highlights the efforts needed from key ministries over the next four years to create social and legal protections for people living with HIV and other key populations, along with steps to ensure the sustainability of the HIV response. Implementation of the fifth National Strategic Plan will require close inter-ministerial collaboration, and today’s meeting is a critical step to advance that agenda.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Women entrepreneurs play a vital role in enriching the civic and political life of democratic societies not only through individual business ownership but through collective action. The U.S. government believes that networks of women entrepreneurs are the cornerstone of civic development. Cambodian women entrepreneurs can wield their economic influence to advocate for reforms that benefit the broader Cambodian private sector.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

This year we mark the 70th anniversary US-Cambodia diplomatic relations and an appreciation for the importance of the environment is yet another tie that binds Cambodians and Americans. USAID has supported environmental conservation programs for more than a decade in Cambodia. Our program currently targets the two major biodiversity-significant landscapes of Prey Lang and the Eastern Plains. Our efforts have contributed to the protection of key critical endangered species in those landscapes. We work closely with communities, government ministries, local authorities, and NGOs to help protect Cambodia’s national heritage. But we need the general public’s help. The youth, the private sector, and commitments from all stakeholders are critical if we are to successfully protect Cambodia’s remaining forest, wildlife, and biodiversity. 

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

USAID is proud to support these civic tech tools developed as part of the One Window for Citizens project or OW4C. This project is a three-year effort that uses technology to provide Cambodian citizens clear, transparent information on public services available to them through the government’s One Window Service Offices. We understand that technology alone is insufficient to achieve impact. We know that we need to work directly with communities to provide information on public services as well as social accountability measures such as the community scorecard. In its first year, the project works in Battambang but will expand to Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap in its second and third years.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Yesterday we marked World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. It is an annual event designated to shine a light on victims of human trafficking and promote their rights. This is a global goal to which the U.S. government is deeply committed.  While we work on this issue around the world, Cambodia is one of the few countries where USAID has a robust, standalone anti-human trafficking project.

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