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FTF Seed Trade Meeting
USAID/SA Mission Director, John Groarke with Esaiah Tjelele, SADC/FANR Crops Officer
Seed Trade Project
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

As the USAID/Southern Africa Mission Director, it is my distinct pleasure to join you on behalf of the US Government to mark the close of the 2017 SADC Seed Technical Meeting.

Let me begin by thanking the Government of South Africa for hosting this important regional event. I would like to thank Chairperson Ramashala for his stewardship over the last four days.  We are also extremely grateful to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for its ongoing leadership and its hospitality towards Member States and implementing partners.

The U.S. government, through Feed the Future (FTF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is proud to work closely with our partners in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to help implement the Southern Africa Seed Trade Project and organize significant regional gatherings like this one.

This meeting would not have been possible without the dedication and valuable contributions of our core partners in the SADC Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Directorate (FANR).  In particular, a great deal of thanks goes to Esaiah Tjelele for his ongoing commitment to the Seed Trade Project and making the Harmonized Seed Regulations a reality.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

It is a great pleasure to be with you today here in Soweto to share in the excitement of the launch of the Knowledge for Action website, which is part of the continued relationship between USAID, the ELMA Foundation, the Department of Basic Education, the Department of Higher Education and Training and the University of Johannesburg.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:30am

As former foreign policy and defense leaders have often said, and as was cited in the opening remarks, in a world as complex as ours, with our national security under greater threat than perhaps ever before, we need to be able to deploy the entirety of our statecraft toolbox. This must include our most sophisticated development and humanitarian tools. At USAID we embrace this mission.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 8:45am

We are here to celebrate the extraordinary success of Cambodia Technovation. Over the past four years, Cambodia Technovation has helped assemble 50 teams of around 200 girls to compete in the program using the funding and support from USAID through its Development Innovation project. Today represents an important chance to share experiences and network among all the Cambodian Technovation girls and their mentors. In addition, our hope is that events like these will continue to inspire you to seek out new opportunities for careers in science technology engineering and math fields – or STEM as it is often called -- and make positive contributions to Cambodia’s development

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:00am

ក្នុងបរិបទនេះ ខ្ញុំមានមោទនភាពក្នុងការនិយាយថាទីភ្នាក់ងារជំនួយអាមេរិក USAID និងក្រុមហ៊ុន កូកា កូឡា​កម្ពុជា បានឯកភាពរួមគ្នាកសាងនូវភាពជាដៃគូសាធាណៈ និងឯកជនមួយ ដើម្បីពង្រីកការងារជួយដោយ​ផ្ទាល់​​ដល់ប្រជាជនកម្ពុជាតាមរយៈការបណ្តុះបណ្តាលផ្នែកធុរកិច្ច ឱកាសការងារ និងការទទួលបាននូវ​សេវាទឹក​ស្អាត។ កិច្ចគាំទ្ររបស់ទីភ្នាក់ងារ USAID នឹងជួយធានាថាចំណុចទាំងអស់ខាងលើនឹងផ្តល់អត្ថ​ប្រយោជន៍​​​​ដល់ប្រជាជនដែលងាយទទួលរងគ្រោះដោយការជួញដូរមនុស្ស ជាពិសេសស្ត្រី។ ភាពជាដៃគូ​នេះ​ក៏នឹង​ជួយផ្តល់នូវរទេះរុញដល់ស្ត្រីចំនួន ២០នាក់នៅតាមទីជនបទ ដើម្បីឲ្យពួកគេអាចលក់ផលិតផល​កូកា កូឡា ក៏ដូចជាបង្កើនប្រាក់ចំណូលរបស់ពួកគេផងដែរ។ ប្រសិនបើការងារដំណើរការបានរលូន ក្រុមហ៊ុន​​កូកាកូឡា និងទីភ្នាក់ងារ USAID នឹងធ្វើការសិក្សាពីលទ្ធភាពពង្រីកចំនួននៃការផ្តល់រទេះរុញ​បន្ថែម​ទៀត។

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 9:00pm

I am pleased to join everyone here today at the formal launch of the Pay Tax Online service, an online electronic payment, or e-payment, facility for internal revenue taxes. This e-payment platform is the product of a strong partnership between the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Development Bank of the Philippines, with support from USAID. The U.S. government, through USAID, is delighted to support the Philippine government’s growth-enhancing tax administration and governance reforms as part of our shared goal of broad-based and inclusive growth for Filipinos.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 9:45am

It’s very clear that Cambodia will remain a country that depends on agriculture for economic growth and poverty alleviation for the foreseeable future. And despite a great deal of progress in Cambodian agriculture, there is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of room for innovation.

Cambodia should feel proud that it has produced enough rice for its people for over 20 years now. That is a very important milestone. But Cambodia still imports a majority – 70 percent – of its fruits and vegetables, so one of the next key challenges is developing the horticulture sector as part of overall agricultural diversification.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 9:15am

The United States government cares deeply about countering trafficking in persons because it affects not just individuals and their families, but also communities and entire countries, regardless of their location or level of economic development. We know from experience around the world that strong coordination among government, civil society, and the private sector is critical to stop human trafficking. The Royal Government of Cambodia shares our concern and the National Committee for Counter Trafficking has provided the leadership and coordination needed to make real progress against human trafficking.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:00am

(as prepared for delivery)

 

  • Mr. Kea Borann, Chief Executive Officer of AMK
  • Mr. Veoun Sok, Chief Executive Officer of LOLC
  • Etienne Kettenmeyer, Managing Director of RMA
  • Distinguished Guests, implementing partners and Ladies and

Good morning and thank you all for coming here today!

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:45pm

The Plan is fundamental to ensuring Cambodia is ready to access and effectively use climate financing. The Framework and Plan will help Cambodia address climate risks in critical sectors like agriculture, health, and water. They provide a much-needed road map for targeting resources towards the most important adaptation priorities in those sectors. The process of creating the Framework and Plan has strengthened the capacity of key institutions in Cambodia to address these issues.

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Last updated: November 17, 2017

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