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Empowering Job Creation and Exports
Sheqer Ukaj, Owner of Elnor [wood manufacture producer] and Lisa Magno USAID Mission Director at the Empowering Job Creation and Exports event
Ardian Kurtolli, USAID
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Good afternoon,

In 2014, I could count on one hand the companies ready to export outside of the region. Now, five years later, over 120 Kosovo companies are ready and successfully exporting.

When we started EMPOWER, Elnor was sending only two trucks of wooden furniture per year to Europe. Today, Elnor sends four trucks per month.
That is 48 trucks per year!

You can find Elnor’s furniture, together with other Kosovo solid wood products, in a Stuttgart showroom. In partnership with a diaspora business, we established the showroom as a hub for Kosovo wooden furniture. Your products have also become available on websites like amazon.de.
In fact, the best-selling product online was a German Amazon chair made in Kosovo.

Significantly, the Made in Kosovo brand is becoming synonymous with consistency in quality. Not just the wood and furniture products I mentioned, either.

International companies are sourcing high-quality apparel products from Kosovo under designer labels—MaxMara, Dolce & Gabbana. Just walk through the house constructed outside. Everything you see proudly bears the Made in Kosovo mark and is ready for export. Even the house, itself, is ready.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

Good afternoon,

In 2014, I could count on one hand the companies ready to export outside of the region. Now, five years later, over 120 Kosovo companies are ready and successfully exporting.

When we started EMPOWER, Elnor was sending only two trucks of wooden furniture per year to Europe. Today, Elnor sends four trucks per month.
That is 48 trucks per year!

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

Dobar dan.

U 2014. godini, mogla sam na preste jedne ruke da prebrojim kompanije koje su bile spremne da izvoze van regiona. Sada, pet godina kasnije, preko 120 kosovskih preduze?a je spremno za to i ve? uspe?no izvozi.

Kada smo zapo?eli projekat Osna?ivanje privatnog sektora, kompanija Elnor je u Evropu slala samo po dva kamiona drvenog name?taja godi?nje. Danas ta ista kompanija ?alje po ?etiri kamiona mese?no.
To je 48 kamiona godi?nje!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 2:00pm

USAID Cambodia supports health, education, and child protection programs to enable Cambodian children to access quality education, to grow up in safe, nurturing family environments free from violence, and to be healthy.?Our work is guided by the U.S. government strategy of Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity, which emphasizes the importance of strengthening the capacities of children, adolescents, and the families that care for them. This is one of the best investments a country can make to eliminate extreme poverty, boost economic growth, and promote a peaceful society.

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 1:30am

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.?

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

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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?”

(Remarks as prepared)

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.??

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Last updated: December 30, 2019

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