Afghanistan is making progress through gains in education, security, health, and infrastructure
Reposted from The Wall Street Journal
By Saad Mohseni
The conventional wisdom about Afghanistan runs something like this: The country is a lost cause. Almost nothing has changed. The people remain backward and thankless, and there is little benefit for the international community to stay engaged in the country’s future.
This is far from the truth. Despite many years of conflict, Afghanistan has exhibited dramatic signs of economic, social and cultural revival. The country has undergone such extraordinary change since 9/11 that a return to the dark period of the Taliban is unfathomable. More…
Reposted from Mizzima News
US communications giant Cisco has announced that it will collaborate with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish two networking academies to train Myanmar people for work in the IT industry.
“Cisco has a long track record of supporting the development of emerging economies through education, and the Cisco Networking Academy program will equip students in Burma [Myanmar] with industry relevant skills for the 21st century workforce, as they transform their country and their communities,” said Sandy Walsh, regional director of Cisco’s Social Innovation Group, in a statement. More…
Reposted from Haitilibre
Wednesday, Kenji Kuratomi, the Japanese Ambassador in Haiti, as part of the program “Assistance in the form of donations to the Micro-Local Projects contributing to the Human Security” APL of the Japanese Government, has signed 4 contracts with of Haitian organizations in the sector of education, health and food security. More…
Reposted from Haiti Libre
Haiti seeks investment from Vietnam in agriculture, education, and energy
Sunday, the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, arrived in Vietnam, at the head of a delegation composed among others of Ministers Marie Carmelle Jean Marie (Economics and Finance), Thomas Jacques (Agriculture), the Director of the Office of Program of Development Assistance (BMPAD) in order to discuss of relations of cooperation between the two states.
Welcomed at Hanoi by the Ambassador of Vietnam in Haiti, based in Cuba, Mr. Vu Chi Cong, the Chief of the Haitian Government whose travel in this Asian country is a first in the history of relations between the two countries, will have talks in particular with the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam HE Trương Tấn Sang, and his counterpart Nguyễn Tấn Dũng. It will be mainly to establish between the two states, of new partnerships in the fields of agriculture, education, energy, trade and industry.
Reposted from Haiti Libre
Solar energy will be used to provide electricity in Haiti’s rural communities
“NRG Energy, Inc.”, announced the completion of its “The Sun Lights the Way” project in the Boucan Carré region, in Haiti. The program entailed the installation of solar electric systems at 20 schools, a fish farm and a drip irrigation system supporting agricultural production throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau region, through collaboration with the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), a nonprofit organization.
These installations complete NRG’s “The Sun Lights the Way: Brightening Boucan Carré” project, funded by the company’s $1 million commitment made through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and an additional $500,000 pledge from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
Reposted from The Phnom Penh Post
By Rupert Winchester
Farming is one of the key components to Cambodia’s growth
A NEW report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says GDP growth in Cambodia over the next five years is likely to hit 6.9 per cent, the highest of any ASEAN country apart from Laos. More…
Reposted from Asia Times
By George Gorman
Foreign investors can play a pivotal role in transforming Myanmar’s low-skilled workforce into a skilled workforce
Myanmar’s rapprochement with the West presents a rare opportunity to untangle a web of unfeasible sanctions, rein in the business oligarchy and harness the progressive elements within Myanmar’s economy to help alleviate the poverty suffered by millions of Myanmar citizens. More…
Reposted from The Myanmar Times
By Aye Thidar Kyaw
ADB to formulate an investment program and provide funding targets
The Asian Development Bank has revealed more details about its future engagement with Myanmar announcing it will assist to develop 11 sectors within the country, including energy, transportation, urban development, telecommunications, health, education and agriculture. More…
Reposted from ZEENEWS
Ministry of Education gives green light
Yangon: The Myanmar government has approved opening of 20 private schools following the enactment of the Private School Law since last year-end, Xinhua reported. More…
Reposted from Foreign Policy
Pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi
On April 1, citizens of Burma will head to the polls to vote in a parliamentary by-election. Normally, this isn’t the sort of thing that would attract a lot of headlines, since only a small number of seats in the National Assembly are actually at stake.
But these are no ordinary elections. President Thein Sein has actively invited the participation of the National League of Democracy, Burma’s main opposition party — the first time the NLD has participated in an election since the national vote in 1990 that it won in a landslide. (Burma’s military dictatorship subsequently annulled the result.) Given her immense popularity, NLD leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is almost certain to win a seat. More…