New Directions in Global Health Seminar

Dumelang! I am excited to open the newest installment of the New Directions program. I understand nearly half of Botswana’s population lives within one hundred kilometers of Gaborone, so we realized how important it was to bring the program here. Of course there are some health issues distinctly affecting Gaborone that we felt should be ...
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Gender Based Violence and Human Trafficking Forum

Ministers, Justices, Attorney Generals, Police Commissioners, Inspector Generals and law enforcement professionals, it is my honor to be here today for this high-level forum. It has been a tremendously productive week, and I am grateful to the International Law Enforcement Academy and the United States Agency for International Development for bringing this impressive group of individuals together. Never before have we hosted an event where ...
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Peace Corps National Museum Exhibition Opening

Today, we celebrate the power of a simple idea – that by working hand in hand with communities across the world, we can make a better place for all. After 50 years, you might think it easy to talk about the work of Peace Corps . Of course, it’s easy to give the facts: Over 2,500 volunteers ...
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Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Visit

Thank you for coming to this very special Bot50 celebration event. It is my honor today to congratulate Botswana on fifty years of independence. From the very beginning, Botswana and the United States have been friends and partners, and we are grateful for the past half century of cooperation and good will between our countries. ...
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Dancing to Connect Performance with Battery Dance & Mophato Theater

Thank you for coming to this very special Bot50 celebration event. We are proud of the 50-year relationship between the United States and Botswana, and look forward to the next 50 years and beyond. What better way to celebrate this relationship than through the universal language and joy of dance! Through our Arts Envoy Program the U.S. Embassy ...
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USAID’s Maatla Project Closing Celebration

It is with great pleasure that I participate in tonight’s ceremony celebrating the Maatla project. I have enjoyed listening to partners reflect on project achievements and the lessons that have been learned to enhance Botswana’s civil society sector. It is encouraging to look back on USAID’s Maatla project and think about how many organizations the project ...
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AWEP Botswana Chapter National Capacity Building Workshop

Thank you for inviting me to speak at this event. I am pleased to be part of this exciting journey to kick-start the National Capacity Building workshop organized by the African Women Entrepreneurship Partnership Program (AWEP) Botswana Chapter, especially in my second home, Maun. I am excited to see the Chapter is forging ahead in empowering women entrepreneurs across the ...
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Diplomatic Security Service Centennial

It is an honor to stand before you today to celebrate 100 years of the Diplomatic Security Service – the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Department of State.  I am humbled that we can celebrate this milestone together, as my embassy could not do our mission without your direct support. I feel ...
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YALI 2016 Welcome Back Reception

Thank you for coming to this reception to celebrate the return of twenty-four of our twenty-six Mandela Washington Fellows!  Two Fellows remain in the US on internships. President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democracy, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Mandela ...
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Botswana HIV Clinicians Society Conference

Congratulations to the Botswana HIV Clinicians Society on hosting the 6th Botswana International HIV Conference. The U.S. government is proud to support this effort and I wish you the best of luck in your deliberations over the next few days. The theme of your conference – “Total Inclusion for Greater Impact” – is an important ...
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AGOA Workshop Opening Session

It is an honor to be here today to discuss AGOA and the tremendous opportunity it presents to Botswana.  On June 29 of 2015 President Obama enacted legislation reauthorizing AGOA, providing unilateral duty-free access on approximately 6,500 product tariff lines to the U.S. market. AGOA is the cornerstone trade initiative with sub-Saharan Africa.  It is ...
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