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USAID/Zambia Mission Director Sheryl Stumbras (center right) with Minister of Energy Mathew Nkhuwa (center) and Swedish Embassador Anna Maj Hutgard,
USAID/Zambia Mission Director Sheryl Stumbras (center right) joins Minister of Energy Mathew Nkhuwa (center) in Lusaka’s Ngwerere Township for the official launch of Standard Microgrid's 10th solar mini-grid system.
Photo: David Mpundu USAID/Zambia
Friday, February 7, 2020

Honorifics 

Honorable Mathew Nkhuwa, Minister of Energy
Her Excellency Anna Maj Hultgard, Ambassador of Sweden to Zambia
Ms. Langiwe Lungu, Executive Director, Energy Regulation Board
Mr. Clement Silavwe, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Electrification Authority
Mr. Brian Somers, Standard Microgrid Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Aaron Leopold, Chief Executive Officer, Africa Minigrid Developers Association
Senior Government Officials present
Friends in the Media
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a pleasure to be here this morning to participate in the ribbon cutting for Standard Microgrid’s 10th solar microgrid in Zambia.

Today, we are here to acknowledge and support the 69 percent of Zambians across the country who do not have access to electricity; and they are not alone.  Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Electricity is the lifeblood of economic development and is essential for one’s quality of life.  

While important strides have been made to diversify power generation and expand access to power in Zambia, there is still significant work to be done to ensure electricity is available to all Zambians.  

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 1:30am

Honorable Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health
Dr. Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary Health Services
Ms. Kakulubelwa Mulalelo, Permanent Secretary Administration
Ambassadors and Heads of Development Cooperation
Heads of UN Agencies
Ministry of Health officials
Civil Society and NGO representatives
Members of the press
Ladies and gentlemen

It is a pleasure to be here this morning and to address this distinguished room of individuals.  I would like to recognize the Minister of Health for bringing us together today.  

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 7:45pm

The U.S. government considers our Pacific neighbors to be important partners in fostering a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The United States and Fiji share a longstanding relationship; a friendship that is based on trust and mutual interests, with our long history of defense partnerships, commercial links, and people-to- people ties. This Project Management course builds upon our strong ties as we together promote a prosperous and stable future for the people of this country.

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:30pm

For the past 30 years, USAID has been at the forefront combating HIV and AIDS around the world. USAID is the lead U.S. government agency for international development and humanitarian assistance, and is a key implementing partner under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, which is the largest and most diverse HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment initiative in the world.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 5:00am

The United States Government has made energy one of the critical priorities of our vision for a free, open, and secure Indo-Pacific region, which spans from the west coast of the U.S. to the east coast of Africa, or from California to Kilimanjaro.

USAID is advancing this vision through the Asia Enhancing Growth and Development through Energy, or the Asia EDGE initiative, by strengthening energy security, increasing energy diversification and trade, and expanding energy access across the Indo-Pacific region.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 9:15am

On behalf of USAID, the EU, UNICEF, and Save the Children Hong Kong I would like to recognize the importance of these guidelines in strengthening Cambodia’s child protection system to better support vulnerable children and families.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 5:30am

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.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

Mirëdita,

Në vitin 2014, unë mund të llogaritsja në gishtat e një dore kompanitë që ishin të gatshme për të eksportuar jashtë rajonit. Tani, pesë vjet më vonë, mbi 120 kompani kosovare janë të gatshme për këtë dhe po eksportojnë me sukses.

Kur e nisëm programin tonë Fuqizimi i Sektorit Privat (ndryshe njihet edhe si EMPOWER), kompania Elnor po dërgonte vetëm nga dy kamionë të ngarkuar me mobilje druri në vit për në Europë. Sot, e njejta kompani dërgon nga katër kamionë në muaj.
Do të thotë 48 kamionë në vit!

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

Good afternoon,

In 2014, I could count on one hand the companies ready to export outside of the region. Now, five years later, over 120 Kosovo companies are ready and successfully exporting.

When we started EMPOWER, Elnor was sending only two trucks of wooden furniture per year to Europe. Today, Elnor sends four trucks per month.
That is 48 trucks per year!

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

Dobar dan.

U 2014. godini, mogla sam na preste jedne ruke da prebrojim kompanije koje su bile spremne da izvoze van regiona. Sada, pet godina kasnije, preko 120 kosovskih preduzeća je spremno za to i već uspešno izvozi.

Kada smo započeli projekat Osnaživanje privatnog sektora, kompanija Elnor je u Evropu slala samo po dva kamiona drvenog nameštaja godišnje. Danas ta ista kompanija šalje po četiri kamiona mesečno.
To je 48 kamiona godišnje!

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 8:45am

Good morning.  It is an honor to join you today to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and help launch the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.  Gender-based violence, or GBV, in all of its forms hinders Zambia’s development and prosperity. Violence against girls and women is one of the most widespread, persistent human-rights violations in our world today.  Whether it is intimate-partner violence, sexual violence, harassment, trafficking, or child marriage, GBV prevents victims  from reaching their full potential.

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