2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

In terms of comparative advantages, I think, well, let me say one other thing, which is USAID, actually, has really built out over many years. More than I had understood before I took this wonderful job, its capacity for working with the private sector. And it does that both at headquarters. We have the wonderful Michael Meltzer in charge of our private sector hub. But most impressively, it's kind of scrappy USAID mission staff out in the real world, cooking up private sector partnerships to grow smallholder, small landholding farm products and bringing them to market in rural Guatemala, in the western highlands of Guatemala. Where USAID bears the risk on the front end with a modest investment; maybe it's just $500,000. But that's enough for the private sector to say, okay, well if you're bearing the risk, why don't we come in. And then lo and behold, you get an order of magnitude. More than what the farmers were doing before such a modest investment by us, that is leveraged to produce three, four, five times as much for the farmer. And then that, in turn, gets leveraged to bring resources back to the community because of the sales on the market.

October 21, 2021

USAID has already developed a pipeline of $10 billion worth of deals in various stages that promote two-way trade through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). And today, I’m pleased to announce a new effort: the USAID Africa Trade and Investment program. This will deliver billions of dollars in new exports and investments and thousands of new jobs within the next five years. The Africa Trade and Investment program will be our flagship private sector effort over the next several years, establishing new USAID-supported satellite offices to encourage investments in North and sub-Saharan Africa, while also working with local policymakers to design and implement regulations and reforms to improve the investment climate.

October 21, 2021

As an Agency that addresses the world’s toughest challenges, no challenge poses a greater threat to our planet than climate change. The scientific record is clear that carbon pollution is heating our planet -- threatening our health, safety, economy, and security. As the overwhelming scientific consensus in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report confirmed, if unchecked, the consequences of climate change will be catastrophic to life in the United States and in every country on the planet. A blanket of pollution has been created around the earth. This blanket traps heat and is dangerously heating the planet. Even if the world bands together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero tomorrow, the impacts of climate change are already here and are not going away - from punishing storms and devastating floods to grueling droughts, extreme heat waves, and raging wildfires.

October 20, 2021

Today, USAID helps support journalists in over 30 countries, including with protection and legal assistance for those under threat. Our programs help foster independent, fact-based journalism—work we know is foundational for healthy societies and prosperous economies. USAID, for example, is a supporter of investigative journalism consortiums, including those that most recently helped bring the Pandora Papers to light.

October 19, 2021

The greatest strength we have as a nation is our ability to draw on the world’s vast array of perspectives and capabilities––and to apply fresh ideas from diverse backgrounds to the kinds of challenges that transcend borders.  Congressman Payne brought his personal experience fighting for the rights of his Newark, New Jersey community to the world because he knew that what ordinary people longed for was to be treated fairly, with dignity.  I have no doubt that you’ll carry forth his legacy as you prepare to begin your careers in Foreign Service.  I want you to know that at USAID, your ideas are welcome, encouraged, and cherished.