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Monday, November 4, 2019

Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman, Community of Democracies: “Democracy on the Rise: Defending Democratic Institutions and the Rule of Law against the Kremlin’s Malign Influence” 

(Remarks as prepared)

Thank you Secretary General Garrett for that kind introduction.

And thank you all for being here for a discussion of the most pressing challenge Europe now faces for its further democratic development. 

This is also a fitting time to have this discussion, given that the International Day of Democracy is just a few short days away.   

As we reflect on the importance of democracy to us all, it is important to remember how dearly we, those who have come before us, have paid for its preservation in Europe.    In Normandy this past June, President Trump celebrated the soldiers who braved tremendous odds to protect the liberty we all now enjoy.  

“These men ran through the fires of hell moved by a force no weapon could destroy: the fierce patriotism of a free, proud, and sovereign people.  They battled not for control and domination, but for liberty, democracy, and self-rule.” 

Their sacrifice is ours to honor and carry forward. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 9:30am

We also know that Zambia’s critically high rates of stunting have persisted for several decades, reaching almost 50 % in rural communities. Malnutrition and stunting impedes children’s’ physical growth and cognitive development, and consequently, seriously hinder Zambia’s long-term development prospects.  It affects Zambia’s most valuable resource - its people.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 9:00am

Good morning.  On behalf of the U.S. government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), I am pleased to join you for the launch of the 2019-2021 Health Sector Supply Chain Strategy. I bring you greetings from U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Daniel Foote, and the USAID/Zambia Director, Sheryl Stumbras

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 1:00pm

 

Remarks by Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman, the Regional Economic Growth Closeout Event: “Spurring Self-Reliance in Europe and Eurasia: Catalyzing Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Opportunity” 

(Remarks as Prepared)

Thank you for taking time this afternoon for this important discussion. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 9:30am

Cambodia faces great challenges in preserving its rich fish populations. Water availability and timing are becoming increasingly uncertain here and throughout the Mekong Basin as hydroelectric development expands. Flooded forests are being removed. More people are fishing, both legally and illegally. And a changing climate adds uncertainty to all of these factors.

But I have also learned that Cambodians – both in government and in communities across the nation – are responding to these threats through community-based fishery management, improved law enforcement, and efforts to blend rice culture with aquaculture.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 9:00am

Many of you know that USAID has a 40-year legacy of inspiring Egyptian success, but as the USAID Mission Director, it never fails to astonish me when I hear comments like, “I didn’t know USAID was still in Egypt.”  And, truth be told, I hear comments like that even here, at AmCham events.  So my goal is for you to leave here this morning with a better understanding of what we’re doing right now and what we have planned -- and to appreciate the impact we’re making, and the strength of USAID and Egypt’s strategic partnership.

You’ll hear me speak about COMMITMENT and CAPACITY.  At USAID, world-wide, we’re looking to support a country’s journey to self-reliance by leveraging its policy-level COMMITMENT to effective, inclusive, and accountable solutions to educating their people, building a skilled and healthy workforce, ensuring economic stability, and other development challenges.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:00am

Remarks by Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman, German Marshall Fund: “Partners for Freedom: Can the Transatlantic Community Work Together to Safeguard Democracy in Europe and Eurasia?”

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When we talk about the strength of democracies, we cannot ignore the authoritarian powers who seek to weaken, damage, and destroy them.

USAID recently launched the Countering Malign Kremlin Influence Development Framework to respond to the authoritarian challenge in this region.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 9:00am

On behalf of the U.S. Mission to Zambia, it is my pleasure to join you this morning at the Shared Responsibility and Accountability learning event for the Fostering Accountability and Transparency (FACT) project.  Designed to work at the district and national levels, FACT represents an investment by the United States government, through USAID, to strengthen local civil society’s capacity to drive and champion Zambia’s development agenda.

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 9:15am

ICT applications are also being widely used by the public and private sectors in Cambodia for a broad range of purposes such as money transfers, digital payments, training, public outreach, data collection, transportation, and for other social and commercial purposes. There is really no facet of Cambodian life that has not been affected by ICT in some way or another.

That is why the United States has been a staunch supporter of ICT in Cambodia and in other countries. The reason is simple: we believe ICT can accelerate a country’s development, drive its economic success, and improve its prospects for self-reliance. We believe that digital technology should foster tools that empower citizens to make choices and have their voices heard and respected. Our belief in a free and fair system based on the rule of law underlines the United States’ approach to technology.

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 1:15am

Remarks by Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman, The McCain Institute Tbilisi Conference: Discussion on Disinformation 

(Remarks as prepared)

Before jumping into my remarks, I want to thank the McCain Institute and EPRC for including a session this important topic.

The presentation on their joint project is impressive in its scope and its goals.  

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