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အင်္ဂါ, July 5, 2022 - 9:15am

My name is Vong Socheata and I am a project management specialist focusing on inclusive governance at USAID/Cambodia. I am very honored to be here with you today. USAID is proud to support the Women Entrepreneurs Act (WE Act), the project in which I have been involved since 2018. I want to thank our longstanding partner – Pact Cambodia – for bringing us together in-person today.

တနင်္ဂနွေ, July 3, 2022 - 4:45pm

I think, first of all, because of rising food prices in this country, I wanted to come to Malawi to bring several new initiatives that could help farmers and ordinary citizens do a better job meeting needs right now. So, we've brought an additional $12 million, begun talks with farmers, with the private sector, with government, about how best to channel those resources. Not a huge amount, but given the needs, every dollar I think counts, given the food security crisis that so many in this country risk facing. 

စနေ, July 2, 2022 - 5:00pm

Good morning, everybody. Thank you so much for being here. And let me just thank the Malawian people, the Malawian President and his team for the incredibly generous welcome that they have given me and my team from the United States. I'm away from my two kids who are 13 and 10, and that's always hard. But when I tell them that I gave a press conference and there were zebras at the press conference, it's all going to be worthwhile. They are going to be absolutely amazed by this. 

စနေ, July 2, 2022 - 11:30am

Thank you all so much for being here today and also for the work that you're doing every day, which is such critical work in any democracy. Since I've come here, I've been asked a number of times, why Zambia? Why now? And I would just start by saying that what is happening in Zambia, what is being attempted in Zambia is very, very rare in the world. In so many countries right now, you see democratic backsliding where human rights are being less, not more respected, where checks and balances on governing authorities are being eroded or taken away rather than strengthened. And ever since young people turned out in mass last year in order to bring about a change in Zambia, President Biden has really been watching from afar what is happening here, really struck by how different it is, how many attempts are afoot to actually strengthen the rule of law, to root out corruption, rather than to strengthen impunity, again, which is happening in so many other places. And so I really wanted to come to Zambia to see up close these efforts to strengthen democracy. But I also, of course, as USAID Administrator, have the privilege of being able to work with our team on the ground, led by Cheryl, to look at what we can do to support Zambian efforts in a whole range of areas.  

သောကြာ, July 1, 2022 - 7:15am

I also want to just pull back, if I can, briefly here from Zambia's own circumstances, to describe some of the dynamics around democracy globally. Because what is happening in Zambia is really unusual, where we have here an effort fueled by young people who have given President Hichilema and your administration a mandate to strengthen the rule of law, strengthen democratic accountability, strengthen media freedom – fight corruption.

ဗုဒ္ဓဟူး, June 29, 2022 - 2:00pm

The partnership between the United States and Zambia is strong. It’s always been strong, but it is getting stronger. And I hope to use my visit, this meeting, the outreach that I’m doing also to Zambian farmers and business people and civil society members, as well as later today my meeting with your President, to hear what more we can do to support the aspirations of the Zambian people. 

ဗုဒ္ဓဟူး, June 29, 2022 - 8:30am

Good morning everyone, and thank you, Sunday, for that introduction. It’s been the highlight of my trip to Zambia so far to hear about all that Good Nature Agro has accomplished in the fight against food insecurity and poverty, and thank you for the tour of the warehouse. I can honestly say, I’ve learned more about legumes than I ever thought I would! It was also wonderful to speak with Samson Nyendwa from Corteva Agriscience. Samson and his team work closely with USAID and our coalition of private sector partners to provide smallholder farmers with healthy seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides, while also working with global NGOs and partners like John Deere to increase access to updated farming equipment. Thank you for being here Samson.

သောကြာ, June 24, 2022 - 9:30pm

So I think what happened out of the Summit for Democracies is President Biden launched an initiative for Democratic renewal, as you mentioned.  And the idea here is, you know, of course, to try to recapture some of the momentum that democracy had a couple of decades ago really is probably the last time you could say it had full throttled momentum and to try to look at the toolkit that had developed over time.  And I want to stress, you know, many of those tools are still incredibly valuable in deploying election monitors in advance of elections, of course, training independent media, training judiciary, trying to build the rule of law, which is, of course, is foundational for checks and balances and for democratic accountability.  

သောကြာ, June 24, 2022 - 2:00pm

USAID is currently working to increase the distribution of drought-tolerant seeds in Senegal, installing solar-power refrigerators in rural markets to avoid food spoilage in Nigeria, and using satellite imagery to help Ethiopian farmers optimize their fertilizer application so none is wasted. We want to scale these efforts as well to other communities and other nations.

သောကြာ, June 24, 2022 - 8:30am

I'm delighted to be here today for this important ‘Delegation Day - Celebrating Partners’ event. I want to thank CE SAIN and Royal University of Agriculture for hosting this event. Today's event honors delegations from different countries who are here today.  Your presence gives us a great opportunity to learn from each other. 


Last updated: October 01, 2022

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