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Speeches and Testimony

Speeches

Speech

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

(as prepared for delivery)

 

  • H.E. Veng Sokhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Dr. Ngo Bunthan, Rector, Royal University of Agriculture
  • Faculty, students, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

 

I’m delighted to be here this morning with Minister Veng Sokhon, Rector Dr. Ngo Bunthan and the students and the faculty of the Royal University of Agriculture to see some of Cambodia’s most exciting agricultural research and teaching and to witness the awarding of some very important scholarships and research grants.

When we were together in this room last [September], we agreed to come back after a year to see for ourselves whether CESAIN was living up to its promise. After all, it’s easy to host a big opening ceremony, but the real work always comes later.

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.

Speech

Friday, September 15, 2017

The EPIC social business incubator is one way our Development Innovations project helps Cambodians solve problems with information and communication technologies. EPIC has helped support eleven teams of entrepreneurs to create and grow startups that solve some pressing social problems. They work to address problems like the need for English language teaching resources, the lack of expertise about food safety concerns, and the need for safe housing options for Cambodians who come to Phnom Penh to study or find work. Congratulations to all the teams, and to Impact Hub and Development Innovations, for all the hard work involved with running this program and getting us to today's EPIC Showcase.

Speech

Thursday, August 10, 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, August 1, 2017

CE SAIN’s goal is to ‘transform agri-food systems through agricultural research, education and innovation.’  This transformation shifts food production from soil- and labor-intense methods that degrade the environment to those that actually enhance the environment. This is known as sustainable intensification. Sustainable intensification improves resource efficiency and productivity without harming our land or water. This goal and all of USAID’s agricultural activities align with and support the objectives laid out in the Agricultural Strategic Development Plan of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries. 

Speech

Monday, July 24, 2017

Human trafficking is a global human rights challenge. It preys upon the vulnerable, breaks down the rule of law, and corrupts global commerce. No challenge may be greater than the transnational crime of human trafficking that impacts millions of people worldwide each year - including people from Cambodia. 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 where they are or what their level of economic development. Experience shows us that strong global 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.  

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