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U.S. Chargé d'affaires to Ethiopia Peter Vrooman tries his hand as a barista at the 7th Africa Barista Championship & All Star Challenge booth. The booth is sponsored by USAID’s East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.
U.S. Chargé d'affaires to Ethiopia Peter Vrooman tries his hand as a barista at the 7th Africa Barista Championship & All Star Challenge booth. The booth is sponsored by USAID’s East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.
Robert Sauers, USAID Ethiopia
Rabu, February 15, 2017

(As prepared for delivery)

Your Excellency President Mulatu Teshome, Your presence here today is testament to how important the work of the African Fine Coffees Association is for Ethiopia, as well as for the continent as a whole.

It is truly my pleasure to have the chance to address such a distinguished group of coffee roasters, traders, producers, buyers and connoisseurs.

Since the year 2000, when AFCA was founded, world coffee consumption has grown massively (from 113 million 60kg bags to 151 million 60kg bags). For those of us who love coffee, this growth is not surprising. Coffee means friendship. We meet over coffee. We welcome guests with coffee—with Ethiopia’s coffee ceremony probably one of the best examples. Personal and business relationships often begin over cups of coffee. And, for the one-third of the world’s population which now drinks coffee every day—coffee is an essential prerequisite for the start of the work day.

The demand for coffee is likely to continue growing with the interconnectivity of markets and the sharing of cultures. Don’t tell the tea people, but coffee is even becoming much more popular in places like China, South Korea and Japan. In fact, Starbucks now has more than 2,100 stores in over 100 cities and towns across China. This growth in coffee consumption presents a tremendous opportunity for coffee producing countries.

Selasa, February 14, 2017 - 4:00pm

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. 

Rabu, February 8, 2017 - 9:00am

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.

Selasa, February 7, 2017 - 4:45am

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. 

Selasa, February 7, 2017 - 3:30am

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.

Kamis, February 2, 2017 - 9:00am

HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultation 1-3 February 2017, Windhoek, Namibia

Selasa, January 31, 2017 - 9:45am

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.

Sabtu, January 14, 2017 - 2:00pm

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.

Senin, Desember 19, 2016 - 9:30am

We are having this event today because of USAID’s commitment to report on results. It is a chance for us not only to share what we have achieved and learned, but also for us to discuss it with those who know our work best.  As you will hear in more detail today, this is just the first of regular updates in the years to come on the results under this Strategy - since the Strategy is still in place and we won’t have all of the data until 2020.

Jumat, Desember 16, 2016 - 9:00am

If the development community is serious achieving the SDGs by 2030, it will require mobilizing all sources of development finance, especially DRM along with private investment and foreign assistance.  Domestic resources in particular are often the fastest growing source of development finance in a country, and are unequivocally the bulk of the resources that countries bring to bear on their own development.  

Minggu, Desember 11, 2016 - 2:00pm

USAID’s support for breastfeeding is longstanding, going back to the 1970’s, when USAID raised concern over a decline in breastfeeding.  We are proud that our “Breastfeeding for Child Survival Strategy” was launched all the way back in 1990, establishing breastfeeding as a critical component of our programs.

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