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Speeches and Testimony

Speeches

Speech

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

(as prepared for delivery)

 

  • Your Excellency, Orm Kimsea, Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries
  • Your Excellency, Ngo Bunthan, Rector of Royal University of Agriculture
  • Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

Thank you for the chance to speak here at the First International Conference on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition. I am delighted to be here with participants from 15 different countries. I want to thank the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition, otherwise known as CE SAIN and Royal University of Agriculture for hosting this event.

It is more critical than ever to bring the best minds together to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. Challenges like the increasing demand for food production, the long term risks of environmental degradation, and rapidly shifting social dynamics continue to pose complex challenges to feeding the world’s population.

Speech

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Today we have the world in our pockets, through our smartphones, the satellite-enabled GPS tracking of commodities in the market, and the latest apps that are making it easier for us to manage our money, monitor our health, and have access to vital information.  These tools are paving the way for a new set of innovations aimed at addressing critical development challenges.

Speech

Saturday, October 28, 2017

We are here to celebrate the extraordinary success of Cambodia Technovation. Over the past four years, Cambodia Technovation has helped assemble 50 teams of around 200 girls to compete in the program using the funding and support from USAID through its Development Innovation project. Today represents an important chance to share experiences and network among all the Cambodian Technovation girls and their mentors. In addition, our hope is that events like these will continue to inspire you to seek out new opportunities for careers in science technology engineering and math fields – or STEM as it is often called -- and make positive contributions to Cambodia’s development

Speech

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It’s very clear that Cambodia will remain a country that depends on agriculture for economic growth and poverty alleviation for the foreseeable future. And despite a great deal of progress in Cambodian agriculture, there is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of room for innovation.

Cambodia should feel proud that it has produced enough rice for its people for over 20 years now. That is a very important milestone. But Cambodia still imports a majority – 70 percent – of its fruits and vegetables, so one of the next key challenges is developing the horticulture sector as part of overall agricultural diversification.

Speech

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The United States government cares deeply about countering trafficking in persons because it affects not just individuals and their families, but also communities and entire countries, regardless of their location or level of economic development. We know from experience around the world that strong coordination among government, civil society, and the private sector is critical to stop human trafficking. The Royal Government of Cambodia shares our concern and the National Committee for Counter Trafficking has provided the leadership and coordination needed to make real progress against human trafficking.

Speech

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

(as prepared for delivery)

 

  • Mr. Kea Borann, Chief Executive Officer of AMK
  • Mr. Veoun Sok, Chief Executive Officer of LOLC
  • Etienne Kettenmeyer, Managing Director of RMA
  • Distinguished Guests, implementing partners and Ladies and

Good morning and thank you all for coming here today!

Speech

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Plan is fundamental to ensuring Cambodia is ready to access and effectively use climate financing. The Framework and Plan will help Cambodia address climate risks in critical sectors like agriculture, health, and water. They provide a much-needed road map for targeting resources towards the most important adaptation priorities in those sectors. The process of creating the Framework and Plan has strengthened the capacity of key institutions in Cambodia to address these issues.

Speech

Thursday, October 12, 2017

On behalf of the U.S. Embassy and USAID Cambodia, I am pleased to be here to launch this Program Planning Workshop for the USAID WASH-FIN activity in Cambodia. WASH-FIN – or Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance – is a five-year global activity funded by USAID and implemented by Tetra Tech. In Cambodia, WASH-FIN will assist water and sanitation providers to access money to close the financing gaps in expanding piped water supply. We will work closely with WASH-FIN’s in-country team and core collaborators, including the Cambodian Water Supply Association, or CWA, to guide them towards the best private water providers.

Speech

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The new Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest II program will aim to accelerate growth in the commercial horticulture sector. We are focusing on this sector because Cambodia produces only one-third of the vegetables that its people consume at this time. The rest of the vegetables come from neighboring countries. Given that the agriculture industry employs over 70 percent of the population, we believe that Cambodia could be producing more healthy and nutritious vegetables to better feed its citizens. That is why we are working with the Cambodian government, businesses, universities here and abroad, and farmers to ensure that Cambodian agriculture can feed the Cambodia people.

Speech

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The One Health approach recognizes that the health of animals, humans, and the environment are all linked, and for this reason, confronting health threats requires collaboration across sectors. We need to improve our collaborative thinking. We need to reach across different sectors to help professors to teach and to encourage students to learn. We need to strengthen the connections between pre-service and in-service training. If we do these things, we have an exciting opportunity to change how Cambodian health professionals respond to zoonotic disease threats. We have the opportunity to change not only how faculty look at and teach about these disease threats, but to strengthen and improve the professional skills of the next generation of Cambodian health professionals. We have the opportunity to make a difference in Cambodia’s health security and the security of the Southeast Asia region.

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