2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: October 22, 2021

September 23, 2021

Today, Administrator Power hosted a roundtable featuring change agents on the frontlines of the global fight against corruption, including: Rueben Lifuka, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Transparency International; Juan Francisco Sandoval Alfaro, former Chief of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity in Guatemala; Achraf Aouadi, founder of the Tunisian watchdog organisation I-Watch; and Miranda Patrucic, Deputy Editor in Chief, Regional and Central Asia, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. The event also featured the U.S.

September 23, 2021

Since June 2019, the U.S. Government has helped to close 800 deals across 45 African countries for an estimated value of $50 billion dollars in exports and investments. With Prosper Africa as a conduit, investing in fast-growing African markets creates synergies that lead to growth here at home, as well. We are building new markets for American products, mobilizing billions of dollars in U.S. private sector investment, and supporting thousands of jobs for American and African workers.

September 23, 2021

Of the $10 billion President Biden committed on Tuesday for food security, half will be invested here at home—a recognition that all countries, even those that produce a surplus of food, must take steps to improve nutrition and adapt their food systems to a changing climate. The other half of that $10 billion will be spent fighting global food insecurity, helping smallholder farmers and their families escape poverty—a recognition, as President Kennedy once said, that the well fed have an obligation to care for the hunger of others.

September 23, 2021

As renewable energy gets cheaper, batteries grow more effective, and the gains of electrification become clearer, the world can do both. In fact we know we must. And I hope this gathering becomes an inflection point in recognizing just how urgent clean electrification is in the lives of those who do not have power.

September 22, 2021

I know all of us find ourselves in a similar state—the scale of global need is unprecedented, and we cannot possibly commit all the resources necessary to address the strain of COVID-19 and its secondary impacts. But in a world of competing needs, the flags on the mall remind us just how urgent it is to save lives now.