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Millennium Challenge Corporation Event

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
San Salvador, El Salvador
May 31, 2009


SPEAKER: (Speaks in Spanish.)

MR. AYALA: (Speaks in Spanish.)


SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Eduardo. I appreciate that very kind introduction. But I especially appreciate the work that you and others are doing on behalf of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the partnership that has been created here in El Salvador.

As chair of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, it is wonderful for me to see the results of our work and our investment. And I commend you for everything that has been already accomplished. And I pledge that we will continue working with you.

I have with me a delegation that includes three Members of the United States Congress: Congressman Engel, Meeks, and Delahunt, and a distinguished business leader from south Texas, Mr. Cantu. And it is wonderful they are here so they can see the results of the work that they are investing in and supporting.

I saw some of these projects today, and I met some of the people who are being assisted because of the electricity project to extend electricity to homes in the north, and we expect that not only the family whom I met, the Hernandez family, but 30,000 other families in the northern zone will see their lives improve through this initiative.

We also met people who are getting support for their work, their cooperative efforts in agriculture, in crafts, getting new homes that they will be able to enjoy because of the commitment to the northern national road project.

You know, the United States, under President Obama, is taking a new approach to this region. We are going to work together with the incoming government of El Salvador, as we have with the outgoing government. And we see tangible results from our cooperation, particularly in the construction of the northern trans-national highway.

This project, which is supported by the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the United States government, will realize a dream that has been shared by generations of Salvadorans to unite the country's northern zone with the rest of the nation. I am told it will reduce travel time between the north and the south from 4 hours to 45 minutes. And that will better integrate the entire country.

We see the results in the assistance being provided to 3,000 local farmers. And I was also pleased to meet some of the recipients of the 430 scholarships that have been awarded for technical and vocational education.

Now we are going to witness the signing of an agreement to move forward with construction of almost 1,500 kilometers of new rural electrification line, and the installation of 450 solar panels that are making a difference in the lives of so many people, and harnessing a renewable energy source. This partnership between our two governments and AES is a real-world example of what we hope to achieve throughout El Salvador and everywhere that the United States works in partnership, not only with governments, but with businesses.

We look forward, in working with President-elect Funes, in fulfilling the $461 million Millennium Challenge compact, which we believe will help to reduce poverty and provide sustainable economic growth. I am confident that we are going to be able to do this together.

I would now like to introduce Mr. Bracho from AES. Mr. Bracho?


MR. TUPPER-BRACHO: (Speaks in Spanish.)


SPEAKER: (Speaks in Spanish.)


PRN: 2009/T8-2

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