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Speeches and Testimony

Speeches

Speech

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

(as prepared for delivery)

  • Your Excellency Say Samal
  • Distinguished guests
  • Ladies and gentlemen 

It is an honor for me to participate in today’s equipment handover ceremony.

USAID, through its Supporting Forests and Biodiversity project, is today providing 140 sets of forest ranger patrol equipment to rangers located in four significant forest landscapes. We will also provide training on how to use this equipment to forest rangers in Prey Lang, Tonle Srepok, Phnom Prich, and Chheab Wildlife Sanctuaries. We are confident that the Ministry of Environment and the Provincial Departments of Environment across the five provinces will use this equipment to protect these four wildlife sanctuaries.  

These four sanctuaries cover a variety of forest types ranging from hilly evergreen to open, dry forests and are the habitat for populations of several endangered species. These forests and the biodiversity they contain are vital to the country’s future and their protection is a priority for the Royal Government of Cambodia and to USAID.

Speech

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The solar power industry in Cambodia is at a nascent stage, but it has a very bright future. This workshop will demonstrate that solar energy is already economically viable in Cambodia and can boost the supply of energy during the dry season.  We are here today to build the foundation that will help solar power become a significant contributor to Cambodia’s energy security. This workshop will also review the technology needed to connect solar energy into Cambodia’s grid. It will look at the technological options and cost for various types of solar energy Photovoltaic, otherwise known as “PV.” Finally, this workshop will help us promote clean energy investment in Cambodia.

Speech

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cambodia has been on a steady path towards development for over 20 years, having achieved many important milestones. Significant improvements have been made in the quality of the country’s healthcare resulting in better health for its people. Important gains have been made in maternal and child health, and in the fight against infectious disease, including tuberculosis and malaria. 

Speech

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

As Cambodia continues down its path of democracy, the relationship between elected representatives and their constituents has become increasingly important Cambodian citizens now have a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of their elected representatives at the national and local levels.

Speech

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My congratulations to the Ministry of Health and the Health Professional Councils who have worked with many to make this law a reality. I commend the Councils’ leadership and I encourage all of you to continue to work together to support the implementation of this new law. The passing of this new law marks an important milestone. It demonstrates Cambodia’s commitment to strengthening health professions and ensuring the quality of health services around the country. It will also help the Councils by strengthening their partnership with the Ministry of Health - particularly the provincial government - and health development partners. 

Speech

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to be with you for the launch of the “Wonders of Mekong project: A Foundation for Sustainable Development and Resilience”. It is my pleasure to have another opportunity to celebrate our partnership between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United States. The goal of this particular project is to research and document the internationally significant natural and human capital assets of the Mekong and to demonstrate how conservation, that is, stewardship of Cambodia’s river and lake systems, is vital to Cambodia’s economic growth and the well-being of its people. We will need your dedication, determination and a real commitment to secure the success of this project. 

Our coming together today provides a great opportunity to reflect on how truly wonderful the Mekong is, on the advances Cambodia is making for its conservation and on how together we will  continue to strengthen the health and vibrancy of the river for the people of Cambodia, the region and even the globe.

Speech

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The right to education is universal and extends to all children, youth, and adults. We all know that every child is unique and different. They have different abilities, learn in different ways, and at different paces. The majority of children with disabilities in developing countries are currently out of school, while many of those enrolled are not learning. Making sure boys and girls with disabilities can go to school and learn is a prerequisite for country to reach its full potential and have inclusive economic growth.

Speech

Saturday, January 14, 2017

We are here, on Incubator Demo Day, to see eleven teams present their business ideas to the startup community and interested investors. The top five teams will move on to a full time “accelerator” program where they will receive a budget to build their solutions and receive help from advisors. Impact Hub will also work to connect them to the impact investor network so they can work to secure funding to make the businesses sustainable.

Speech

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The U.S. government in collaboration with UNICEF is committed to advancing Cambodia’s development, beginning with its children. We’ve taken a close look at this issue in Cambodia. The best way to tackle the problem, we believe, is to take an integrated approach to build strong beginnings, put family care first, and protect children. The early experiences of children have long-term impact on their bodies and brains. That’s why we support actions that underline the importance of body AND brain health, including nutrition and positive caregiving. They should also emphasize the importance of families to children's growth and development and education.

Speech

Monday, November 28, 2016

Over the past three years, we have increased our work specifically on nutrition with the support of the Feed the Future initiative. USAID is proud to partner with the Royal Government of Cambodia to tackle the problem of stunting. Working together, we’re focusing our efforts on the first 1,000 days of Cambodian children’s lives. We want our efforts to save lives, build resilience, increase economic productivity, and advance the country’s development. Our NOURISH project, led by Save the Children and the Rice Field Fisheries II project, led by WorldFish are two key initiatives supporting these efforts.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

We consider human trafficking to be a global human rights challenge. It preys upon the vulnerable, breaks down rule of law, and corrupts global commerce. No challenge may be greater than the transnational crime of human trafficking which impacts millions of people worldwide each year including Cambodia.

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