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Friday, August 30, 2019

Introduction

It is a great honor to be here this morning with Minister Singh and other distinguished panelists, as well as the delegates from all of our South Asian partners.  On behalf of the U.S. Government, I welcome you to the Regional Conference on Enhancing Energy Cooperation and Integration in South Asia.

Energy Security, Regional Connectivity, and Power Markets

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.

Rapid growth, rising industrialization, and increasing population will greatly increase the region’s demand for energy and electricity in the future.  This will produce a growing dependence on energy imports, primarily oil.  Energy security thus presents a critical challenge requiring each country to look beyond its own borders for solutions.

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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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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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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tomorrow, on World AIDS Day, the United States reaffirms our commitment to ending HIV/AIDS. This day also serves as a remembrance of the millions who have lost their lives to this disease.  Nevertheless, we remain encouraged by the tremendous progress made by the global health community in controlling HIV/AIDS.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Welcome, everyone. And what a great GES. First, on behalf of the U.S. government, thank you. Over the last few days we've met entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders from over 150 countries. Some have traveled here from quite literally the other side of the world. Now, there's an old saying that the key to a great dinner is not so much what's on the table as is what is on the chairs. So no offense to the hosts, no offense to the organizers, but the quality and success of a summit is not determined by the smoothness of the program or the quality of the speakers. It is by all of you.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

India's drive to conquer and eliminate TB is an inspiration to all of us, and it's a great example of a country and a cause that we hope to lift up. We are excited to see so many across India making the fight against TB their own fight, from those at the top of the government down to the private sector and even into the world of popular culture. Take Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan -- I did my very best -- who, after his own battle with TB, took up the cause and now is a great and powerful champion. He is a champion for the importance of early detection and appropriate treatment. He saw that taking steps early to address the disease saved his life. And today, he is out to show all of us that any person, even the most famous entertainer, but also the most remote villager, is vulnerable to TB, but also with early detection, can stop this global killer dead in its tracks.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I believe that the USAID development partnership with India -- again based upon the shared vision of the future -- I think can make the countries even closer in the months and years ahead. Part of that shared vision is how both nations seem to advance development.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I must also say I am honored to be here in Hyderabad because this is clearly a city on the rise. Hyderabad is on the rise because of good leadership. Hyderabad is on the rise because of all of you. You are the power for the good leadership. As we all know, as India's urban centers continue to grow, providing clean water and sanitation for all residents will become an even more important priority. Today, 540 million people in India lack access to safe, affordable, reliable water. But the Government of India has placed water and sanitation at the center of its national development efforts, taking it on at the national, state, and city levels.

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