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New USAID mission chief vows to keep development thrust in PH

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The new mission director of the United States Agency for International development (USAID) for the Philippines, Pacific Islands and Mongolia will maintain the strong development partnership between the Philippine government and USAID.

 

In a meeting at the Philippine Embassy September 1, and Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. thanked Dr. Susan K. Brems for the technical and financial support that the United States provides to the Philippines through USAID.

He also briefed Brems on the recent economic developments, including the good governance efforts under the Aquino administration, particularly with respect to transparency and public accountability.

Brems, a career member of the Senior U.S. Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, brings to Manila 23 years of experience as a development diplomat for USAID.

She previously served as Mission Director in Zambia (2011-2015), Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Global health (2009-2011), and Mission Director for Angola (2007-2009).

“It was a great opportunity to discuss with Dr. Brems our government’s commitment to improving the lives of average Filipinos, as well as the social development objectives under the President’s leadership. We also exchanged views on the conditional cash transfer program of the government,” Cuisia said.

He also encouraged USAID’s continued support in the following areas: judicial reforms, rule of law, innovation and technology, economic development, educational cooperation and public health.

Brems pledged to continue the strong program and cooperation activities of USAID in the Philippines.

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