Speeches

Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the Regional Conference on Enhancing Energy Cooperation and Integration in South Asia
Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the Regional Conference with other distinguished guests.
Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy, New Delhi
Пятница, August 30, 2019

Introduction

It is a great honor to be here this morning with Minister Singh and other distinguished panelists, as well as the delegates from all of our South Asian partners.  On behalf of the U.S. Government, I welcome you to the Regional Conference on Enhancing Energy Cooperation and Integration in South Asia.

Energy Security, Regional Connectivity, and Power Markets

Energy security is a critical issue for the entire South Asian region.  This is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, with collective economic growth expected to reach 6.9 percent in 2018.  The region is also home to nearly one-fourth of the world’s population.  Yet per capita energy consumption remains among the lowest in the world and far below the global average.

Rapid growth, rising industrialization, and increasing population will greatly increase the region’s demand for energy and electricity in the future.  This will produce a growing dependence on energy imports, primarily oil.  Energy security thus presents a critical challenge requiring each country to look beyond its own borders for solutions.

Четверг, Февраль 14, 2019 - 10:00pm

At USAID, our health portfolio is one of our largest investment areas, focusing particularly on maternal and child health, family planning, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and antimicrobial resistance. However, we understand that our resources are just a fraction of the investment needed to achieve our development goals. As a result, our approach hinges on strengthening existing systems; forging shared-value alliances and partnerships; and demonstrating models that can be scaled up by others.

Понедельник, Февраль 11, 2019 - 9:00am

Europe and Eurasia is at a critical time in its history. It has been 30 years since the Wall fell. Many of the Eastern Block and former Soviet republics are still deciding which paths to take.  These decisions will have consequences for global security for at least the next generation.  Energy plays an incredibly important part of that decision.  Our work shows that energy independence allows nations to make clear choices which enable society to live free and flourish. 

Пятница, Декабрь 14, 2018 - 9:45am

People with disabilities need not be the most vulnerable members of society; the good work of physical rehabilitation can change their lives, making them productive members of their communities. USAID is proud of its support to civil society organizations in this sector.

Среда, Ноябрь 14, 2018 - 3:30pm

As we know, wildlife crime is pushing some of the world’s most iconic species toward extinction while driving a lucrative criminal industry that fuels instability in countries around the world. Wildlife crime is a critical threat to economic development. It undermines regional security, threatens legitimate economies, and undercuts our efforts to end extreme poverty. In Namibia, wildlife is an important cultural and economic asset, contributing significantly to the tourism sector and sustaining the livelihoods of millions of people.

Вторник, Ноябрь 13, 2018 - 9:45am

I am delighted that USAID is a part of this important endeavor that features an integrated and multi-level approach to strengthening Cambodia’s education system. Famed philosopher Plato once said: “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life”. These words ring as true today as they did centuries ago.

We are all here today to recognize the work that has been done under the first two phases of CDPF and to mark its third and final phase. It is important this work continues to help the Ministry of Education ensure that Cambodian children receive the education they need to help prepare them for a bright future.

Среда, Октябрь 24, 2018 - 2:00am

I am very pleased to join all of you today in celebrating the opening of the Lodwar Livestock Market.  I congratulate everyone who has worked so hard to bring this project to completion. A vibrant market system in northern Kenya helps the region in many ways: it spurs private sector investment, strengthens the resilience of pastoralists, and reduces the impact of climate-induced disasters such as drought and floods.  In recognition of its importance, the United States invested 38 million Kenyan shillings in the Lodwar Livestock Market to help upgrade its infrastructure and improve water access within the market so that buyers and sellers can focus on business.

Понедельник, Октябрь 22, 2018 - 12:15pm

On behalf of the American people, we value our close friendship with the people of the Pacific Islands region. The U.S. and the Solomon Islands share a friendship that is based on trust and mutual interests, with our long history of defense partnerships, commercial links, and people-to-people ties. Our partnership with the University of the South Pacific builds upon our strong ties as we together promote a prosperous and stable future for the people of this country.

Четверг, Октябрь 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

Vanuatu has been at the forefront of advocating for sustainable development that addresses increasingly extreme weather events and disaster risks that we all face. At the regional, national, and local levels, your leaders have identified clear priorities to strengthen the resilience of your communities, and we are here today to demonstrate our support for those priorities.

Среда, Октябрь 17, 2018 - 2:15am

Back in 2013, the U.S. government partnered with the Department of Health to implement three major family planning and maternal and child health projects: LuzonHealth, VisayasHealth, and MindanaoHealth.

Through these three projects, USAID has contributed over 4 billion pesos to address the problems associated with lack of access to family health services and teen pregnancy.

Четверг, Октябрь 11, 2018 - 1:30am

More than five years ago, the United States Agency for International Development formed a partnership with the DENR to protect the Philippine forests. Today’s event celebrates the many milestones that we have achieved together through the B+WISER project.

Pages

Last updated: February 17, 2019

Share This Page

Subscribe to Speeches

Press inquiries

If you are a member of the press, you may contact our press relations office at:

U.S. Agency for International Development
Office of Press Relations
Ronald Reagan Building
Washington, D.C. 20523-0016
Telephone: 202-712-4320
FAX: 202-216-3524
Email:  press@usaid.gov