So tonight, just as we did ten years ago, we have an opportunity in front of us. If we continue to work together, we can end the suffering of a billion people around the world. We can end preventable blindness, reduce disability and disfigurement, and ease chronic pain. We can build healthier, stronger communities and open lasting pathways out of poverty.
I hope that we seize this opportunity together.
Human trafficking is a global human rights challenge. It preys upon the vulnerable, breaks down rule of law, and corrupts global commerce. The U.S. Government, through USAID, the Department of State and other agencies, supports all four strategic pillars of counter-trafficking response: prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership. In Cambodia, we have been working on these issues closely with the Government of Cambodia for more than a decade.
It has become evident that an important trend in economic and social development is taking place in countries around the world. The private sector is increasingly taking on what had previously been considered inherently governmental functions.
I am pleased to be here today at the start of this important initiative in the history of Kenya’s power sector. I wish to start off by thanking the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum for the great work they have done over the past couple of years in developing the country’s electricity sub-sector.
Let me make one thing very clear, the United States will continue to stand with the people of South Sudan. Our support for them will not waiver. I am pleased to announce today, in some ways but also disappointed, to announce that we we are committing an additional 133 million dollars in humanitarian assistance to support them. That brings us to 1.9 billion dollars.
This event is being sponsored by Power Africa’s Women in African Power network and the African Development Bank. On behalf of Power Africa, Women in African Power and AfDB, I would like to thank you for attending and express my hopes that you will find this event informative and enjoyable.
For over a decade USAID has been partnering with the Government of Kenya to invest in the health workforce. Investing in the health workforce is critical because, even if we strengthen all other aspects of the health system, if there aren’t qualified health workers motivated to care for patients and placed where they are needed, Kenya will not meet its health goals.
The U.S. government, through the U.S.Agency for Internation Development (USAID) has been providing support to Population Services International (PSI) and their local partner, Population Services Khmer (PSK) to support the Royal Government of Cambodia to reduce child mortality due to acute respiratory infection (ARI)/pneumonia and diarrhea.
It is in response to this trans-boundary threat, that USAID is taking decisive action to reduce wildlife crime in the region. USAID is working with national wildlife conservation agencies in expanding existing counter wildlife trafficking interventions using advanced tools like the WILD app for digital monitoring and tracking of wildlife.
As a friend of Cambodia, the U.S. government is committed to supporting work in transitional justice and peace and reconciliation. Through USAID, we provide financial support to TPO and other organizations working in the transitional justice sector. As USAID’s partner for the Truth, Reconciliation and Healing Towards a Shared Future project, TPO works directly with former Khmer Rouge members and with the survivors of the regime. Their extraordinary efforts have helped Cambodian people cope with trauma and learn how to live peacefully together in the same communities regardless if one was a former Khmer Rouge member or a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime. Many of those who suffered under the Khmer Rouge have been able to move forward with their lives.
Last updated: January 31, 2017