Fw: Invitation: Meet with Keith Simmons, the USAID Mission Director for Serbia and Montenegro
- You are Cordially Invited
To Meet With
the USAID Mission Director for Serbia and Montenegro
Monday, November 15, 2004
from 6:00 PM to 9:00 pm
St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral Hall
15 West 25th
New York, NY 10024
Mr Simmons would like to meet with the broadest segment of the US-based Diaspora
to begin an exploratory exchange of information regarding how best to work jointly
on behalf of economic stability and prosperity within Serbia and Montenegro.
It is in this context that he very much welcomes the opportunity
to meet with members of the US-based Diaspora.
Mr. Simmons will attend the Nyegosh Foundation event in NYC on 13 November 2004.
Prior to arriving in NYC, Mr. Simmons will be in Chicago attending the Serbian Bar Association function.
United States Agency for International Development
Mission in Serbia and Montenegro
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency, headed by an Administrator appointed by the President. USAID is responsible for providing economic and humanitarian assistance throughout the world and receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.
USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War II. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law and created the Agency by executive order. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to over 100 countries in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia.
The Europe and Eurasia strategy focuses on three main areas: economic restructuring and growth, democracy and governance, and resolution of country-specific transition challenges. In addition, USAID has a cross-sector approach tailored to address key obstacles under changing circumstances while maximizing the development of core democratic values.
The USAID mission for Serbia and Montenegro is based in Belgrade, with an office in Podgorica.
The economic and democratic development of Serbia and Montenegro is central to the future prosperity and political stability of Southeast and Central Europe. Serbia and Montenegro have an important geo-strategic location and a strong potential for economic growth. The USAID Mission in Serbia and Montenegro operates under an approved five-year strategy with defined strategic objectives. All activities funded by USAID must be designed and implemented to help achieve these objectives.
Economic Policy and Finance
Governments are responsible for adopting policies that provide a strong environment for business in order to create jobs and increase living standards. They invest in public services such as education and health systems using taxes collected on trade and income. Private entrepreneurs and investors--if provided appropriate incentives, security and access to markets--will use their ideas, knowledge, and capital to establish companies that produce a wide variety of goods and services. USAID/SAM's economic policy and finance programs are working with the government and private sector to create an open, competitive and efficient free-market economy. Results are measured by increasing gross domestic product (GDP), exports, and employment.
Government is democratic when its institutions and individuals charged with governance are accountable, transparent and accessible to all. Citizens lose confidence in their government when it is unable to deliver basic services. A government's ability to carry out its functions at all levels is often a key determinant in a country's ability to sustain democratic reform. USAID is committed to community and local development programs that work to empower citizens to participate in the decision-making process that affect their lives and strengthen the capacity of local governments to provide services in an efficient, transparent and participatory manner.
Democracy and Governance
Expanding democracy improves individual opportunity for prosperity and enhanced well-being. Establishing democratic institutions, free and open markets, an informed and educated populace, a vibrant civil society, and a relationship between state and society that encourages pluralism, participation and peaceful conflict resolution will contribute to sustainable democracies. Through its democracy and governance programs, USAID/SAM works to strengthen civil society, free and fair elections, the rule of law, political parties and trade unions, while increasing the capacity and competitiveness of independent media.
How to do business with USAID
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices around the world. Valuing diversity, USAID works in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, small and disadvantaged businesses, other governments, and other U.S. agencies.
The Agency has working relationships with more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.
USAID also recognizes the change of resource flows in development assistance (currently 80% are private, and 20 % are public) and promotes the development of private-public alliances to encourage more effective problem solving and greater leverage of resources.
Various types of instruments are utilized to implement activities. Worldwide business opportunities (in the form of solicitations) can be found on the USAID Business site: www.usaid.gov/business. For more information on programs underway in Serbia and Montenegro, please see our website: www.usaid.org.yu
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