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Remarks by Ms. Veena Reddy, USAID Cambodia Acting Mission Director, Physical Rehabilitation Center Handover Ceremony
Friday, December 14, 2018

(as prepared for delivery)

 

  • Your Excellency Hach Hean, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation
  • Mr. Chour Ratanak, Executive Director, People with Disabilities Foundation 
  • Mr. Keo Rithy, Executive Director, Veterans International Cambodia
  • Distinguished ladies and gentlemen

Good morning! 

Let me start by thanking Veterans International Cambodia and the People with Disabilities Foundation for allowing me to be with you today to mark this achievement - the handover of physical rehabilitation centers in Prey Veng, Kratie, and Kien Khleang.

This handover is the key to long-term sustainability.

It is in line with USAID’s vision of helping partner countries become self-reliant, helping partner countries move beyond the need for external assistance.

The Kien Khleang facility has displayed impressive standards, efficiency, and the professionalism of its expert technicians and caregivers. 

It is clear that many Cambodians benefit every day from these vital services, and should continue to benefit. 

Today though, between 500,000 and 700,000 Cambodians still live with physical disabilities; many will encounter a host of challenges that most able-bodied people never experience. These include social stigma and discrimination and other human rights violations. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 3:30pm

As we know, wildlife crime is pushing some of the world’s most iconic species toward extinction while driving a lucrative criminal industry that fuels instability in countries around the world. Wildlife crime is a critical threat to economic development. It undermines regional security, threatens legitimate economies, and undercuts our efforts to end extreme poverty. In Namibia, wildlife is an important cultural and economic asset, contributing significantly to the tourism sector and sustaining the livelihoods of millions of people.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 9:45am

I am delighted that USAID is a part of this important endeavor that features an integrated and multi-level approach to strengthening Cambodia’s education system. Famed philosopher Plato once said: “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life”. These words ring as true today as they did centuries ago.

We are all here today to recognize the work that has been done under the first two phases of CDPF and to mark its third and final phase. It is important this work continues to help the Ministry of Education ensure that Cambodian children receive the education they need to help prepare them for a bright future.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 2:00am

I am very pleased to join all of you today in celebrating the opening of the Lodwar Livestock Market.  I congratulate everyone who has worked so hard to bring this project to completion. A vibrant market system in northern Kenya helps the region in many ways: it spurs private sector investment, strengthens the resilience of pastoralists, and reduces the impact of climate-induced disasters such as drought and floods.  In recognition of its importance, the United States invested 38 million Kenyan shillings in the Lodwar Livestock Market to help upgrade its infrastructure and improve water access within the market so that buyers and sellers can focus on business.

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:15pm

On behalf of the American people, we value our close friendship with the people of the Pacific Islands region. The U.S. and the Solomon Islands share a friendship that is based on trust and mutual interests, with our long history of defense partnerships, commercial links, and people-to-people ties. Our partnership with the University of the South Pacific builds upon our strong ties as we together promote a prosperous and stable future for the people of this country.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

Vanuatu has been at the forefront of advocating for sustainable development that addresses increasingly extreme weather events and disaster risks that we all face. At the regional, national, and local levels, your leaders have identified clear priorities to strengthen the resilience of your communities, and we are here today to demonstrate our support for those priorities.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 2:15am

Back in 2013, the U.S. government partnered with the Department of Health to implement three major family planning and maternal and child health projects: LuzonHealth, VisayasHealth, and MindanaoHealth.

Through these three projects, USAID has contributed over 4 billion pesos to address the problems associated with lack of access to family health services and teen pregnancy.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 1:30am

More than five years ago, the United States Agency for International Development formed a partnership with the DENR to protect the Philippine forests. Today’s event celebrates the many milestones that we have achieved together through the B+WISER project.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 1:45am

I am here today to reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to our shared vision of advancing and sustaining inclusive and resilient growth in the Philippines.

To attain this goal, USAID is a close partner of the Philippine government in joint strategies that support the government’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda. Together, we invest in human capital development and use science, technology and innovation to bolster growth. The Inclusive Filipinnovation and Entrepreneurship Roadmap, earlier unveiled by Dr. Fita Aldaba, further specifies how these strategies can be used to transform this vision into a reality.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:15am

In my remarks I will explain why we are bullish on Nigeria’s Sustainable Development. I will discuss some of the salient challenges. I will share highlights of the US response through our advocacy and actions. Finally, I will suggest that there is a “special sauce” that will enrich Nigeria’s sustainable development menu.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 1:30am

Indeed, water is and will always be a vital natural resource that lives depend on, as well as a key input to economic growth. This is why USAID works to save lives and advance development through improvements in water supply, sanitation and hygiene, and through sound management and use of water for food security.

While the Philippines continues to make significant gains in expanding water access, more work remains to address the country’s vulnerability to extreme weather variations — such as prolonged droughts, sea level rise and intensifying typhoons.

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