Speeches Shim



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dr. Ali Said Matano, Executive Secretary, LVBC

Mr. Jean Baptiste Havugimana, Director Productive Sectors, EAC

Dear partners and guest

It’s my pleasure to join the start of the 11th PREPARED Project Coordination Committee Meeting. I am looking forward to learning from your varied experiences as USAID’s regional implementing partners under the PREPARED Program. 

As you know, the PREPARED Program will end on September 30, 2018.  However, the U.S. government’s investments will continue to support East African-led strategic priorities for biodiversity conservation, water resource management, and combatting wildlife trafficking.

As an example, we are very pleased that the USAID regional East Africa office has leveraged an additional $2.5 million for the Global Sustainable Water Partnership Activity that will support water security activities in the transboundary area across the Kenya and Tanzania border in the Mara River Basin.  I am happy to hear that the program is coordinating closely with Dr. Matano and the LVBC team.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I am pleased to join you today to learn about this study which provides evidence about the cost-effectiveness of resilience. Special thanks to our partner, James Oduor and the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), for co-hosting this event.  And thank you all for joining us. 


Friday, March 2, 2018

Over the course of the last couple of years, USAID has been defining its strategic priorities for its East Africa regional program and formalizing its relationship with the East Africa Community.  The process has been informed by extensive consultations with our regional partners, including the EAC, with a view of aligning our organizational strategic priorities.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Good morning.  I am honored to be with you today to celebrate the commendable progress that has been made to protect and conserve the Mara River Basin. Famous all over the world for its beautiful landscapes and rich biodiversity, the Mara-Serengeti attracts millions of tourists each year between July and October to watch the spectacular wildebeest migration. Not only does the Mara River need to be protected because of its one-of-a-kind migration phenomenon and natural beauty, but also because the Mara River is critical for people’s livelihoods in Kenya, Tanzania and throughout the entire East African region.