USAID to support Djibouti's labor and energy sectors

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Addis Ababa, 5 June 2014 (WIC) - The Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Rajiv Shah, on Tuesday (June 3) announced that USAID would be investing in programs to support the development of Djibouti's labor force and energy sector.

He said "Working hand-in-hand with the government of Djibouti, these targeted investments will unlock opportunity, reduce extreme poverty and promote innovation.”

Shah, meeting with Djibouti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Mahamoud Ali Youssouf on a visit to Djibouti, noted that as “a result of our work together, Djibouti has witnessed extraordinary gains.

In the past decade alone, we have seen Djibouti's maternal mortality cut by half and its primary school enrolment jump by 25%." He said he was in Djibouti to build on last month's important meeting between President Obama and President Guelleh and to deepen the partnership between USAID and the Government of Djibouti.

Shah said the planned initiatives would include job training programs, including technical training for job seekers and management education for employers, to help empower Djibouti's workforce to compete in the global marketplace.

USAID would also work to catalyze investment in renewable energy projects and “by collaborating with local partners, we will not only tailor these investments to areas of need, but will promote sustainable development for generations to come.”