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Remarks by Mr. Javier Castano, Acting Deputy Mission Director, USAID/Cambodia, Joint Ceremony with SIDA  to Support the Arbitration Council Foundation
Kinta, Fevereiru 27, 2020

(as prepared for delivery)

  • His Excellency Sovann Vannaroth, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Labor & Vocational Training
  • Samuel Hurtig, Head of Swedish International Development Agency
  • Nimmith Men, Executive Director of the Arbitration Council Foundation
  • Partners, ladies, and gentlemen

On behalf of USAID/Cambodia, I’d like to thank the Arbitration Council Foundation, Solidarity Center, the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, SIDA, and our other partners for their collaboration and support for this event. I’d also like to express my gratitude to the participants here today for their determination to improve the lives of Cambodian workers.  

Without question, labor conditions in Cambodia over the last two decades have improved. That improvement stems not only from employment opportunities and higher wages and benefits generated by Cambodia’s expanding manufacturing sector. Just as importantly the improvements in labor conditions are the hard-won results of an independent trade union sector that has exercised its rights to unionize and bargain collectively.

Kuarta, Fevereiru 19, 2020 - 2:45am

This is a key milestone—not only for the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, and Industry—but also for Zambia and the entire Southern Africa region.  This new portal has the potential to significantly improve the flow of information, automate trade procedures, improve risk-management processes, and boost the overall performance of border-control agencies.  

Tersa, Fevereiru 18, 2020 - 3:00am

The ZDHS also serves as a vital source of data used by USAID, international and national stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, and other partners to guide our programming and help to measure the impact of our collective investments in Zambia’s health sector.

 

Sesta, Fevereiru 7, 2020 - 8:15am

It is a pleasure to be here this morning to participate in the ribbon cutting for Standard Microgrid’s 10th solar microgrid in Zambia. Today, we are here to acknowledge and support the 69 percent of Zambians across the country who do not have access to electricity; and they are not alone.  Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Electricity is the lifeblood of economic development and is essential for one’s quality of life.  While important strides have been made to diversify power generation and expand access to power in Zambia, there is still significant work to be done to ensure electricity is available to all Zambians.  

Tersa, Fevereiru 4, 2020 - 1:30am

Honorable Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health
Dr. Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary Health Services
Ms. Kakulubelwa Mulalelo, Permanent Secretary Administration
Ambassadors and Heads of Development Cooperation
Heads of UN Agencies
Ministry of Health officials
Civil Society and NGO representatives
Members of the press
Ladies and gentlemen

It is a pleasure to be here this morning and to address this distinguished room of individuals.  I would like to recognize the Minister of Health for bringing us together today.  

Segunda, Fevereiru 3, 2020 - 7:45pm

The U.S. government considers our Pacific neighbors to be important partners in fostering a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The United States and Fiji share a longstanding relationship; a friendship that is based on trust and mutual interests, with our long history of defense partnerships, commercial links, and people-to- people ties. This Project Management course builds upon our strong ties as we together promote a prosperous and stable future for the people of this country.

Segunda, Janeiru 27, 2020 - 7:30pm

For the past 30 years, USAID has been at the forefront combating HIV and AIDS around the world. USAID is the lead U.S. government agency for international development and humanitarian assistance, and is a key implementing partner under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, which is the largest and most diverse HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment initiative in the world.

Kuarta, Janeiru 22, 2020 - 5:00am

The United States Government has made energy one of the critical priorities of our vision for a free, open, and secure Indo-Pacific region, which spans from the west coast of the U.S. to the east coast of Africa, or from California to Kilimanjaro.

USAID is advancing this vision through the Asia Enhancing Growth and Development through Energy, or the Asia EDGE initiative, by strengthening energy security, increasing energy diversification and trade, and expanding energy access across the Indo-Pacific region.

Tersa, Janeiru 21, 2020 - 9:15am

On behalf of USAID, the EU, UNICEF, and Save the Children Hong Kong I would like to recognize the importance of these guidelines in strengthening Cambodia’s child protection system to better support vulnerable children and families.

Kinta, Janeiru 16, 2020 - 5:30am

Like all of you, I am here today because anti-microbial resistance is one of the most significant global health threats of the 21st century. The discovery of antibiotics in the last century gave us an edge in the battle against infectious diseases.

But their widespread availability and indiscriminate use in humans, animals, and in the environment could take us back to a time when people routinely died from common bacterial infections, threatening global health, food security, and human development.

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