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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

[As Prepared]

[Greetings]

I have been here in the Philippines a little over a year, and in that time I have seen the close relationship between the Government of the Philippines and U.S. government.

This relationship is built on a deep friendship between our peoples that spans decades, built on strong people-to-people relationships stemming from family ties, shared values, tourism and cultural exchange.

This relationship is based on a long-standing partnership to work together to address development challenges in the Philippines, promote bilateral trade and commerce, and address regional political issues.

And this relationship is based on an alliance that supports our mutual security, enables continued freedom of navigation, and upholds the defense of our shared values and liberty.

The United States and the Philippines truly are friends, partners and allies.

I would like to congratulate the organizers of this workshop, Pristine Solutions, Control Union, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and its partners who have co-developed a certification scheme for sustainable seafood.

Your plan to pioneer this initiative today is a critical action in achieving the Philippines’ roadmap to sustainable seafood, wherein fish populations remain productive and healthy. This includes protecting habitats and species as an intrinsic part of sustainable management.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 3:00am

The U.S. government is honored to partner with the Philippine government and the Filipino people to help strengthen access to justice and the rule of law in the Philippines by supporting both the supply and demand sides of the effective and efficient administration of justice. Our partnerships with judicial governance actors and non-state actors working in this space have spanned more than three decades.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 12:30pm

With funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and support from USAID through our implementing partner fhi-360, these solar plants will provide power to 18 health facilities, one health post, and 65 health worker staff houses across Central, Copperbelt, Luapula, Northern and North Western provinces.  

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 3:30am

Over the past five years, USAID and other development partners have assisted the DOH to find missing TB cases, expand new diagnostic systems, and successfully treat one million Filipinos with TB. Through our partnership, the Philippines is also one of the few countries in the world that has introduced new, shorter anti-TB medicines and regimens.

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 9:00am

Cambodia’s economic security depends upon the sustainable management of natural resources and preserving a heathy environment. This is vital to the country’s continued economic growth. For the past three years, USAID and UNDP supported legal reforms to protect Cambodia’s environment, including amendments to the Protected Area law and the Forestry law. We also helped with the draft of the Environmental and Natural Resource Management Code of Cambodia. These amendments to the laws and the future enactment of the Environment Code establish a solid legal framework for the protection of natural resources.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 2:30am

The U.S. government’s close partnership with the Philippine government to invest in education has yielded significant success that we should all be proud of. Through our partnership, in the past six years, nearly four million school children now have better literacy and 25,000 vulnerable youth have greater ability to return to school or attain employment.

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:30am

With USAID support, IRRI has produced and disseminated high-yielding stress-tolerant rice varieties in collaboration with national governments in Asia and Africa.  This helps farmers be more resilient to climatic shocks.  USAID support has accelerated the dissemination of these varieties in Cambodia with a re-focus on strengthening the national seed system. This is achieved by nurturing the growth of private seed producers, facilitating a greater integration of the private sector in the rice seed value chain, and fostering a policy environment that enables coordination within the value chain. A strong and functional rice seed system will ensure an accelerated dissemination of these rice varieties across the country. 

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:30am

ក្រោមការគាំទ្ររបស់​ទីភ្នាក់ងារសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិកដើម្បីអភិវឌ្ឍន៍អន្តរជាតិ​ (USAID) បានផលិត និង​ចែកចាយ​នូវពូជស្រូវដែលផ្តល់ទិន្នផលខ្ពស់ និង​ធុនទ្រាំនឹងអាកាសធាតុ​ក្នុង​កិច្ចសហការជាមួយរាជរដ្ឋាភិបាល​​ក្នុងតំបន់អាស៊ី និង​អាហ្វ្រ៊ីក ។ ការនេះ​គឺបានជួយដល់កសិករកម្ពុជាយើង​ក្នុង​ការបន្ស៊ាំ​នឹងបម្រែបម្រួល​អាកាសធាតុបានកាន់តែប្រសើរឡើង ។​ ការគាំទ្ររបស់ទីភ្នាក់ងារសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិកដើម្បីអភិវឌ្ឍន៍អន្តរជាតិ​ (USAID)​ បានជួយពន្លឿននូវការចែកចាយ​ពូជស្រូវទាំងនេះនៅក្នុង​​ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា​​ដោយផ្តោតលើ​ការពង្រឹង​ប្រព័ន្ធ​គ្រាប់ពូជថ្នាក់ជាតិ​។ ការសម្រេចបានសមិទ្ធិផលនេះ​គឺតាមរយៈ​​​ការជំរុញកំណើនអ្នកផលិតពូជជាឯកជន ការសម្របសម្រួល​ដោយមាន​ផ្សារភ្ជាប់នឹងវិស័យឯកជនក្នុង​សង្វាក់តម្លៃ​ពូជស្រូវ និង​ជំរុញគោលនយោបាយ​ដែលជួយដល់​ក្នុង​សង្វាក់តមៃ្ល ទាំងមូល​។ មាន​ប្រព័ន្ធពូជរឹងមាំ និងដំណើរការ វានឹងជួយដល់ការចែកចាយពូជទាំងនេះបានពេញទូទាំងប្រទេស​បាន។ ​

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 9:45am

As we all know, Cambodia has suffered through many painful years of civil war, including – but not limited to – the almost unimaginable atrocities committed under the Khmer Rouge regime. During those years, some of the darkest known to humanity, more than 1.7 million Cambodians died from starvation, forced labor, torture, and execution.    Why do these atrocities matter to us here and now in 2019?  It is because there is no better teacher than the past. The effects of the Khmer Rouge regime still linger for many Cambodians who lived through that terrible period. Remembering and understanding the history of such crimes is critical not only to comprehending where we are today, but also to helping us build a better future as a nation and a society. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:30am

It is my great pleasure to join this celebration of the One Health Workforce project. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA, for funding this activity.

The achievements we will review today could not be realized without the technical support of the Southeast Asia One Health University Network, the collaboration of participating Cambodian universities, key government institutions, and one Health partners.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 2:15am

Through USAID-STRIDE, we worked with 25 U.S. universities to provide technical assistance to Philippine institutions. Working with the excellent talent in here, we have successfully set up Career Centers, Professional Science Masters Programs, Knowledge and Technology Transfer Offices, and strengthened collaboration between government, industry and academia.

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