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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Good morning honorable members on the dais, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is my pleasure and honor to welcome you all to this workshop on “Regional Cooperation for Modernization of Power Distribution in South Asia”. 

Before I begin, I would also like to thank our partners for today, Additional Secretary Sanjay Malhotra and Joint Secretary Mritunjay Narayan of the Ministry of Power. Thank you for your leadership and long-standing partnership with USAID on power sector reforms in India.  

Welcome Mr. Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director of EESL. We are proud of our partnership with you in your transformative journey in pushing the boundaries and making things happen! Be it energy efficiency, electric vehicles or smart meters.

Among those present here today are also the power secretary from the Government of Sri Lanka, Ms. Perera, and Permanent Secretary of the Maldivian Ministry of Environment and Energy Musthafa. Your presence here is highly valued as it reconfirms support for our vision of an interconnected South Asia region. Thank you for your time and effort.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Like all of you, I am here today because anti-microbial resistance is one of the most significant global health threats of the 21st century. The discovery of antibiotics in the last century gave us an edge in the battle against infectious diseases.

But their widespread availability and indiscriminate use in humans, animals, and in the environment could take us back to a time when people routinely died from common bacterial infections, threatening global health, food security, and human development.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Today we launch a new phase of the U.S.-India energy cooperation, one which will take this partnership to the next level by enhancing India’s ability to incorporate robust analysis into energy and environmental decision-making.


Analysis and data are key to making future development choices in a complex world. It’s what big companies and economies around the world focus on to deliver value. So we wondered, why not in the energy sector which is so much more complex and can benefit from better use of data and analytics to improve planning for the future.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

With 356 million people between the ages of 10 and 24 and 256 million adolescents, India has the world’s largest young population.

We know that when adolescents have access to health services, education and employment opportunities, they make better choices for themselves, they live longer, and they participate more in society.  Better opportunities for adolescents mean better outcomes for India. 

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Monday, February 25, 2019

The United States Agency for International Development is the part of the United States federal government that is primarily responsible for providing foreign aid and development assistance. We work very closely with the Government of India to reach our common development goals.

USAID has a long and successful partnership with the Government of India, and it all started with farmers. More than 70 years ago, our work together started with emergency food aid when drought decimated farmers' crops and threatened India's people with famine.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

At USAID, our health portfolio is one of our largest investment areas, focusing particularly on maternal and child health, family planning, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and antimicrobial resistance. However, we understand that our resources are just a fraction of the investment needed to achieve our development goals. As a result, our approach hinges on strengthening existing systems; forging shared-value alliances and partnerships; and demonstrating models that can be scaled up by others.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Energy security is a critical issue for the entire South Asian region.  This is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, with collective economic growth expected to reach 6.9 percent in 2018.  The region is also home to nearly one-fourth of the world’s population.  Yet per capita energy consumption remains among the lowest in the world and far below the global average.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

USAID is the development arm of the U.S. Government. In India, we work in partnership with the Government of India to support its development goals. Our work focuses primarily on delivering quality healthcare, education, safe water, clean energy, sustainable forests, gender equality agriculture and reducing the risk of disasters to a fast growing population. We work in these sectors to contribute to India’s priority development initiatives such as the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Call to Action to End TB, and Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat. These goals are, of course, closely tied to the global sustainable development goals. Padhe Bharat Bhadhe Bharat is unequivocally linked to the “Quality Education” and “Reduced Inequalities” sustainable development goals.  In the same way that all the SDGs and Government of India development priorities are interlinked and cross-sectoral, so too, should be the efforts to achieve them.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

The United States and India share a peer-to-peer relationship that involves close collaboration to solve development challenges. U.S. assistance in India helps advance this shared agenda by engaging a range of stakeholders to end extreme poverty and increase citizens’ access to quality health care, potable water, education and clean energy.  It's all about creating a better quality of life for people in India and in other developing countries.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Over the past 67 years, India and United States have shared a mutually rewarding relationship. USAID has been working in partnership with the Government of India to test, develop, and deploy innovative and transformative technologies to address critical problems of food production. These technologies and approaches have helped India to achieve self-sufficiency in food production.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

You know, I often say, as Administrator at USAID, that the purpose of foreign assistance must be to end the need for its existence.  And so, our goal, as an Agency, is to work to foster self-reliance and help host countries on their own journey to both self-reliance and prosperity.  In this, we have a wonderful strong partner in India.  Together, as we have seen here at GES, we are lifting lives.  We are creating opportunities.  But as you've heard from both Jennifer and Kathy, I think the important thing is doing so, not only here, but jointly, we are doing so in the region and around the world.

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