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Saturday, July 2, 2022


ADMINISTRATOR POWER: 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. 

I've just had the chance to meet President Chakwera for the second time. We met in Washington, D.C. in March, and I wanted to share with all of you just a few brief reactions and thoughts about our very productive, lengthy discussions on the challenges facing Malawi, but also the opportunities for this great country to enhance economic opportunity and prosperity for its people. I had the chance, with the President here today, to reinforce something I've said publicly many times and had the chance to say to him in March, which is that the world has been really inspired by Malawi – by the way in which the Malawian people rose up to claim the democracy that is theirs, insisting that elections be free and fair, that votes be counted, demanding that corruption be fought.

Saturday, 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.  

Friday, 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.

Wednesday, 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. 

Wednesday, 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.

Friday, 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.  

Friday, 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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 4:30am

       (As prepared)

I wish to acknowledge the Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhemina Jallah, the President of the University of Liberia, Dr. Sarwolo Nelson, the Vice President, UL College of Health Sciences, Dr. Bernice Dahn, Acting Dean of the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, Dr. Lawrence Sherman, and all esteemed faculty and others who have participated in this important work, as well as the U.S. Government’s implementing partners with whom we are administering these programs. Today we celebrate what our great countries can achieve together. 

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:00pm

It will be up to Reed, with his Ohio-rooted work ethic, his can-do attitude, his long career working in Asian affairs, and his demonstrated ability to handle any challenge that comes his way, to embark upon a new chapter in our relationship with the people of Pakistan, and I am thrilled he’s taking up the charge.  

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 9:00am

Good morning.

It is my pleasure to be here with you today to participate in the launch of the Labour Market Assessment Report commissioned by the DREAMS Program. Protecting adolescent girls and young women from HIV is at the heart of the U.S. government’s DREAMS program, which supports young women to be Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe. 

The program is implemented in 9 districts by USAID, funded through PEPFAR, and in partnership with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and other ministries. 

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 9:00am

Good morning. On behalf of the United States government, I am pleased to be here today as US AID launches an exciting new partnership with Absa Bank Zambia and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (or, DFC). 

It is an honor to launch another partnership with the private sector. With this new partnership, our goal is to spur greater investment in agriculture, promote investment in clean energy for cooking, and support both the manufacturing and tourism industries. 


Last updated: July 04, 2022

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