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Remarks by Ambassador Jonathan Addleton at the Launch of Basic Smart Grid Training Program for Utility Professionals
Remarks by Ambassador Jonathan Addleton at the Launch of Basic Smart Grid Training Program for Utility Professionals
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

(As prepared for delivery)

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

NAMASTE, SALAAM, GOOD MORNING

I am delighted to join such a notable group of utility professionals today as we launch an exciting new training program that will help make India’s power operations smarter.  Together, we can bring 24x7 electricity to millions of people across this country.

There is an Indian mantra that says:  VIDYUT   KI   BACHAT   HI   VIDYUT   KA   UTPADAN   HAI (Every unit of power we save today will help us in ensuring a brighter and better India tomorrow).

This mantra couldn’t be more appropriate in today’s context.  Now more than ever there is an urgent need to leverage emerging technologies and build a skilled workforce that can help create a smart grid-enabled power ecosystem in India — one that is strong and reliable.

Building a Smart Grid has become a top priority for India.  Approximately 45 percent of India’s poorest households lack access to electricity and approximately 20 percent of its installed electricity capacity is lost to various technical and commercial inefficiencies.  These combined technical and commercial losses threaten to deplete state finances that are already strained, but also prohibit millions of Indians from living with a stable and reliable power source.

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 2:00am

"Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world."  These are the immortal words of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the great American humanitarian and scientist who pioneered the Green Revolution.  As many of you know, in the mid-1960s, Dr. Borlaug teamed up with Dr. M.S. Swaminathan to drastically increase wheat yields in India, helping this country become self-sufficient in food.  Some of my family members, who hail from Punjab, still remember the dramatic impact of the Green Revolution. 

Last week, I visited the statue of Dr. Borlaug, which is just behind the hall where we are meeting today.  It was a powerful reminder of the legacy of this extraordinary human being, who saved tens of millions of lives in the 20thcentury.  I think Dr. Borlaug would be very pleased with the cooperation we are undertaking today.  

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 12:30pm

I am delighted to join the National Democratic Institute and the young leaders who have gathered here in Lusaka for this Youth Political Conflict Mitigation Workshop.   And we are indeed privileged to have with us today Mr. Johnny Mack, who leads Communities Without Boundaries, Dr. Keith Jennings of NDI, a long-time friend of the Zambian people and government, and of course Mr. Martin Luther King III.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 2:45pm

As Deputy Secretary Higginbottom stated, foreign assistance works best when we collaborate in pursuit of clearly defined goals. With more than two dozen US Government departments and agencies working with developing countries, coordination of all US Government foreign assistance is essential. As we consider the future of foreign assistance, I’d like to quickly highlight five of the best practices that we at USAID believe have been and will continue to be essential to our foreign assistance program.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 10:15am

Ambassador Maalim, I recall our meeting on February 18, 2016, when both our organizations shared updates on the progress in the development of our strategies. I want to congratulate you and IGAD for completing your new five-year strategy. At USAID East Africa, we have also recently completed our East Africa Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS).

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 9:15am

Ambassador Maalim, I recall our meeting on February 18, 2016, when both our organizations shared updates on the progress in the development of our strategies. I want to congratulate you and IGAD for completing your new five-year strategy. At USAID East Africa, we have also recently completed our East Africa Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS).

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 2:00pm

Thank you and good afternoon, everybody - everybody from USAID, our guests from elsewhere in government, our guests from outside, UNDP, and Sweden. Todd said I was going to talk about LGBTI and USAID past, present, and future. So, I’ll be very brief about the past. In the past, that would not have been a USAID video. I was here 16 years ago. That never would have happened, and today it happens not infrequently and with great pride.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

While we’re still having a long road ahead, child and maternal deaths have been halved since 1990. Since 2008 alone, our collective efforts have saved the lives of 4.6 million children and 200,000 women. That’s 4.6 million children and 200,000 women. And Ethiopia, of course, reached its child mortality goal two years ahead of schedule. But more than any specific numbers, I think what we’ve done is taken a challenge that was once too big to tackle and turned it into a solvable problem. We can measure our progress against achievable targets. We can apply interventions where the evidence tells us they will have the greatest impact. We’re building momentum that I’m confident will carry us over the finish line, a world where preventable maternal and child deaths are actually preventable.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 10:15am

For many years, through support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other USAID global health initiatives, we have collaborated with the Government of Kenya to save and improve lives in Nairobi. The results of our partnership can be seen throughout the county. Recent health data reaffirm the gains we have made together in the health sector. The 2014 Demographic and Health Survey (or DHS) revealed that Nairobi is leading the way in nearly all HIV and maternal and child health indicators compared to the national average. Afya Jijini will build on these achievements and the lessons learned from its predecessor, APHIAplus.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 9:30am

Good morning Mandela Washington Fellows and other distinguished guests from across the region. It is a pleasure to welcome you to this second YALI Regional Conference in East Africa on behalf of USAID.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 9:00am

Good morning Mandela Washington Fellows and other distinguished guests from across the region. It is a pleasure to welcome you to this second YALI Regional Conference in East Africa on behalf of USAID.

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