Today, over one billion people living in the Asia-Pacific region are able to access critical information and communication technologies that just a decade earlier were largely out of reach. In the next five years, more people in Asia will access the Internet for the first time than have done so in the previous 30 years. That’s an incredible statistic – a fact that will have a profound effect on the rate of economic, political and social change in the region.
A very good morning to you all. It gives me great pleasure to be here and to extend a warm welcome to everyone at this two-day Training of Facilitators on the ASEAN SME Academy. First of all, let me convey my appreciation to H. E. Dr. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister for Industry and Handicrafts, and his efficient colleagues in the General Department of SMEs and Handicrafts. The Ministry is a key partner in this event, co-hosting this training, and identifying all the participants.
It is an honor to be here today and to be speaking on behalf of development partners. We are encouraged by the great progress that Cambodia has made in reducing hunger and stunting in Cambodia since 2000. The recent 2016 Global Hunger Index Report results show that Cambodia is one of three countries with largest percentage of hunger reduction among the 50 countries with serious levels of hunger. This improvement is great news.
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The fact that we are here together as we prepare for Cambodia’s Third National Nutrition Day. This year’s theme -- “Improved Sanitation, Hygiene and Nutrition Make Children Grow” – is not only a fact, it’s a call to action. It is also a strong testament to Cambodia’s continued commitment to improve nutrition for mothers and children.
As many of you know, the Global Health Security Agenda is an international partnership that aims to create a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats. Since launching in February 2014, more than 50 countries have endorsed it; and through it, the U.S. Government has committed to establishing a global capacity to address and respond to devastating diseases from animals, humans, and the environment.
This workshop is an excellent opportunity for WorldFish, the Fisheries Administration, and USAID to share with the public information about this important project. The Rice Field Fisheries Project is another example of the U.S. government’s continued commitment to help Cambodia reach three significant milestones in its economic development.
On behalf of USAID, it’s my privilege to welcome you here today to this national consultation on the draft Regional Guidelines on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment, or EIA. The U.S. government has been a committed and active advocate of regional cooperation on EIAs. We see EIAs as an important tool to achieve sustainable development in the Lower Mekong region.
It is my pleasure to be here today for the opening of the Homa Bay Agricultural Show and Trade Fair 2016. This event provides a platform for farmers to create linkages with various stakeholders in the agricultural industry, including private sector, government and development partners. It also offers a platform to promote agricultural entrepreneurship and trade by showcasing new technologies, opportunities and skills.
School Milk Feeding Conference Thursday, October 27, 2016 Mombasa, Kenya Remarks by Acting Deputy Mission Director Mark Carrato
Last updated: January 31, 2017