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Friday, August 12, 2022

ADMINISTRATOR POWER: Thank you so much to Erin, for that introduction, and welcome to everyone who has made it out here today – old and new faces, in-person and virtual – to swear in John Pennell as our new Mission Director for the Caucasus where he will lead the efforts of our Georgia Mission.

A special welcome to Ambassador David Zalkaliani, Georgia’s Ambassador to the United States. Our partnership with Georgia marked 30 years of diplomatic ties just this past spring. This anniversary signifies our continued efforts to work together – fighting the pandemic, bolstering Georgia’s democratic progress, and supporting its agricultural, educational, and economic growth.

Welcome also to Andrew Hersowitz, the Chief Development Officer at the Development Finance Corporation. For those of you who don’t know, Andrew is, himself, a former USAID Mission Director, and served in leadership roles in several of our Missions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Andrew, you can leave USAID, but I know the mission leads you, and I just want to express our appreciation of the partnership you’ve helped us foster with DFC to unleash private sector investment to help tackle everything from vaccine production to green energy development to fertilizer production.

Friday, August 12, 2022 - 3:30am

I am extremely delighted to join you here today to celebrate the graduation of the President’s Young Professionals Program–Classes VII, VIII & IX (Classes 7, 8, and 9). 

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 11:45am

If those of you on the screen who haven’t put your cameras on, I’m sure Sean would love to see your smiling, groggy, or other faces. I am thrilled to be able to participate in this swearing-in, and really grateful to all of you who’ve come in person and those of you who have gathered virtually. It’s just a very, very special occasion.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 10:00am

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  • Mr. Pisey Pech, Executive Director of Transparency International. Ladies and gentlemen. Good morning!

I am really happy to be here today, supporting young talent and youth-led initiatives.

I first want to acknowledge Transparency International Cambodia. Your efforts to support democracy, accountability, transparency, women, and youth in leadership are inspirational to us all. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 2:00pm

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  • Your Excellency Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries.
  • Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

Last week Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced our new 5-year $25 million food security program - Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest III.  It is my pleasure to formally launch that program today.

Friday, August 5, 2022 - 1:15pm

I am so glad that you are taking up this post—with your deep sense of civic responsibility, your love for and experience in Africa, and your heroic leadership during some of Africa’s most challenging crises, as well as those in the Middle East. It’s only the latest example of your commitment to your father’s long-ago motto—and I have every confidence that you will leave our boat—in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and beyond, much better than you found it.

Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 7:45am

A special welcome to Chris’ family. His sister Beth and his aunt Maureen are here with us in-person; welcome to you both. His sister Jenna wanted to be here, but she is in Arizona welcoming her newest grandson, Teo, and is watching alongside her son, Tyler and daughter-in-law, Eun Jeong. Chris’ brother, Jon could not make it but we know he is celebrating Chris from afar.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 2:15pm

No matter where I go in South Africa…whether here in Johannesburg…or in Cape Town…or Durban…I have been struck by the passion and resilience of South Africans…particularly the desire among South Africans to build a more secure, democratic, inclusive, and prosperous country.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - 3:45pm

As Anu travels to Colombia to oversee our strongest partnership in the region, she will continue to support the inclusive development of marginalized and Indigenous communities, help tackle climate change and foster environmental protections, support Venezuelan refugees that have been generously welcomed into Colombia, and work with the Colombian people to consolidate the peace they so desire.

Friday, July 29, 2022 - 9:00am

Wildlife is an important part of Cambodia's national heritage and can be an integral part of development. It benefits both the national economy and people’s livelihoods. But Cambodia’s natural resources and wildlife are threatened by the high demand for both luxury wood and wildlife products.

Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 3:45pm

It is a pleasure to welcome all of you here today, and those tuned in virtually, to swear in our newest Director for USAID’s Frankfurt Support Center and Mission Director for our Middle East Regional Platform, Aly Cameron.


Last updated: August 13, 2022

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