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November 21, 2019

On Monday, November 18, 2019, U.S. Ambassador Larry André introduced Mr. Lloyd Jackson as the new USAID Country Representative for Djibouti to the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Government Spokesperson Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, in his first meeting as the new USAID representative to the country. Joined by USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Sean Jones, the delegation discussed priorities in strengthening U.S.-Djibouti partnership to improve health, education and economic growth opportunities for the people of Djibouti.

March 7, 2018

Djibouti is a key strategic partner to the United States in the Horn of Africa. USAID reestablished its office here in 2003 and has since provided development assistance for basic health services, basic education, and democracy and good governance. With the growing importance of the US/Djibouti relationship and given tremendous need, USAID is also planning various new Economic Growth initiatives in partnership with the government of Djibouti (GoDj).  Djibouti faces many challenges, including chronic drought and food insecurity; a lack of skilled workers; high unemployment; high electricity costs; poor health indicators; and a growing influx of climate change refugees and Yemeni refugees.  Combined, these challenges severely strain the already limited resources of the Djiboutian government. Sustained assistance to this small but strategically important country is critical to its prosperity and to stability across the Horn of Africa.

Last updated: November 21, 2019

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