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July 18, 2018

First off, the relationship, as I see it, between the U.S. and Colombia, as you just heard and the Chargé is absolutely right, there is no more important relationship in this hemisphere. I think the U.S.-Colombia relationship is historic. I think it is vitally important today, and I think it will be just as important in the years ahead. It will change and evolve, and that's good. I think that obviously there is work to be done here, but there is also work to be done here that we can do with Colombia elsewhere. I like to refer to it as "force projection in development." And I just got done speaking to a number of new members of Congress, and that's part of what I talked to them about, was to challenge them that we need to partner more closely for the work that needs to be done throughout the hemisphere. The U.S. and USAID can talk about things all we want to; Colombia is proof of model. They can show what can be done with tough reforms, tough choices, and the kinds of things that they have been doing.

July 18, 2018

My friends, though I come from the United States, as I look around me, I see so much that is friendly and familiar.  Our countries may sit more than 4,200 kilometers apart border to border, but in every important way you are so very close, joined together in heritage, values, and most importantly their hopes for the future.  Colombians have helped shape the very fabric of American society. When U.S. students study literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Gabo, is assigned reading. The generation of my countrymen has grown up watching John Leguizamo on stage, listening to Shakira on the radio, and seeing Sofia Vergara on T.V.

July 18, 2018
Media Advisory

USAID Administrator Mark Green will travel to Miami July 19 - 20.  On Thursday, the Administrator will tour the headquarters of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. He will also visit a USAID relief-supply warehouse to review U.S. disaster-preparedness efforts in the region.

July 17, 2018
Readout

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green met with Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque in Bogota. Administrator Green congratulated the President-elect on his recent election victory, and reaffirmed USAID's commitment to its strong partnership with Colombia.

July 17, 2018

We're going to move on to the next discussion and what I think will be an incredibly important conversation. We are honored today to be joined by the administrator of USAID, Mark Green.

July 17, 2018
Readout

On Monday, United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green met with President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota. The Administrator thanked President Santos for his enduring commitment to strengthening the strong partnership between the United States and Colombia during his term in office. Administrator Green highlighted Colombia as a key partner, whose development success is a model for the region. In recognition of the enduring partnership between USAID and Colombia, President Santos awarded USAID the Order of the Boyaca, the highest honor the Colombian government grants to foreign governments.

July 16, 2018
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Brock Bierman will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia for the 5th Global Summit of the Open Government Partnership July 16-19, 2018, as head of the U.S. delegation.

July 16, 2018
Remarks

I am here because the United States is committed to helping Venezuelans. I am here because we are committed to supporting the Government of Colombia and our partners to respond to this man-made humanitarian crisis. And as I think we know, it is a crisis that is affecting the entire region.

July 16, 2018
Fact Sheet

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green today announced that the United States is providing more than $6 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support Colombia's efforts to respond to an influx of people who are fleeing the man-made crisis in Venezuela. With this new funding, U.S. humanitarian and development assistance for displaced Venezuelans now totals nearly $56 million, since Fiscal Year 2017.

July 13, 2018

On July 10, Power Africa, a U.S. Government-wide initiative coordinated by the United States Agency for International Development, signed a formal partnership with The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W). Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, B&W focuses on advanced energy and environmental technologies and services for power, industrial, and renewable markets.

July 12, 2018
Media Advisory

Administrator Green will travel to Colombia July 14 - July 18. The Administrator will go to the Colombian border with Venezuela to visit U.S.-supported health clinics, and meet with newly arrived Venezuelans, thousands of whom are crossing into Colombia every day. While in Colombia, he will also visit USAID-funded projects that support rural development and licit economic opportunities that promote a sustainable, inclusive peace.

July 6, 2018
Media Advisory

Power Africa Coordinator Andrew M. Herscowitz will travel to Ohio and Michigan with a U.S. Government Interagency team, from July 9 to 12, to visit a number of U.S. companies and facilities, many of which are current Power Africa partners.

June 27, 2018
Media Advisory

USAID Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Brock Bierman will travel to Adair, Oklahoma on June 28. He will speak at an event with Trécé Incorporated, as part of a public-private partnership between USAID, the Government of Georgia, and Trécé Incorporated that provides critical agricultural assistance to Georgia.

June 27, 2018

Today, at the World Gas Conference in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Agency for International Development's Power Africa Coordinator launched the Gas Roadmap to 2030 for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Roadmap outlines a plan for achieving up to 16,000 megawatts of additional gas-fired power generation in SSA by 2030.

June 26, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence announced today in Brazil nearly $10 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the man-made crisis there.

June 20, 2018

Members of the committee, the Fiscal Year 2019 request for USAID is approximately $16.8 billion. We acknowledge that this request will not provide enough resources to meet every humanitarian need or seize every development opportunity. Indeed, no budget request ever has. Instead, it’s an effort to balance fiscal needs at home with our leadership role on the world stage.

Turning to our ongoing Redesign, I greatly appreciate the thoughts and input that you and your staff have provided. To date, our team has had 53 separate Hill engagements and 145 external stakeholder engagements as we try to shape what the USAID of tomorrow will look like. I remain committed to working closely with you to ensure that your ideas are reflected in this work.

June 19, 2018
Remarks

USAID is proud to formally partner with Malteser International because we believe that it will help us more effectively reach some of the world's communities in need. We know that faith-based partners often have networks, historic relationships, and grassroots expertise that extend beyond our own. We also know that organizations like Malteser International are trusted voices in the communities where they work. They can carry important messages, lifesaving messages, that will help beneficiaries take the right the right steps for both immediate assistance and long-term strengthening.

June 14, 2018

The President has authorized the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to release approximately $6.25 million for the continuation of life-saving operations of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the "White Helmets" -- an internationally renowned non-governmental organization composed of over 3,000 volunteer first-responders.

June 14, 2018

We need your effective, innovative work in the field. We need your voice here in Washington, talking to Congress, talking to others about the need that you see and the work that you do. We need you, if you like what you see and read and hear, to support what we're trying to do in Transformation, which I believe will make us stronger, faster, and more effective, and I vow that it will make us better partners for all of you.

There is so much that we need to do, but there's also so much that we can do. But that will only happen if we partner closely, we keep talking, we share ideas, we work together to craft results. The world is on fire; we're the fire brigade. We're the ones who can truly make a difference. Thank you for everything that you've done, thank you for what you do, and, yes, thank you for what you're going to do. Thanks very much.

June 13, 2018

The Middle East and North Africa remain a key focus of U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities, particularly as we continue to fight against violent extremists. Despite the complex political, humanitarian, and development challenges in the region, we see opportunities for USAID's work in stabilization, economic and social development, and in protecting vulnerable communities. As you heard from Administrator Green in April, USAID's goal is to end the need for foreign assistance. There is no surer path to self-reliance than helping governments be more responsive to their citizens and more accountable in the management of public resources. To that end, the FY 2019 request will support democracy assistance programs that remain a fundamental element of how we help countries address critical development challenges.

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