CDA Stuart R. Wilson’s Remarks at Swearing-in of new Peace Corps Volunteers and Celebration of Peace Corps Madagascar’s 25th Anniversary

I am honored to be here today to celebrate the swearing-in of Peace Corps Madagascar’s newest Education Volunteers. It has now been 57 years since President John F. Kennedy ignited the imagination of a nation by creating the Peace Corps.  Today, each of the future volunteers participating in today’s ceremony is joining the legions of ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Stuart R. Wilson – USAID Hay Tao and USAID Mikajy Projects

Chargé d’Affaires Stuart R. Wilson Friday, September 14, 2018, Infinithé Ivandry His Excellency the Minister of Environment, Ecology, and Forests; His Excellency the Minister of Aquatic Resources and Fisheries; Members of Government; Honored Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen. I am very happy to be with you today to celebrate the strong and enduring partnership that exists ...
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Remarks by CDA Stuart R. Wilson: Cutlass Express 2019 Main Planning Event

Minister of National Defense; Secretary General of the Malagasy Armed Forces; Chief of Staff of the Malagasy Armed Forces; Chief of the Malagasy Navy; Director General of the Malagasy Port, Maritime, and River Authority; Generals; Admirals; Distinguished delegates; Ladies and gentlemen; On behalf of the United States Embassy, it is my honor to welcome you ...
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“Commandeur de l’Ordre National Malagasy” for Ambassador Robert T. YAMATE

“In recognition of his merits and achievements” during his tenure in Madagascar, Ambassador Robert T. Yamate has been awarded by the Malagasy Minister of Foreign Affairs Henri Rabary-Njaka the distinction “Commandeur de l’Ordre National Malagasy” during an official ceremony today.  Ambassador Yamate has received it “on behalf of his colleagues” from the U.S. Mission to Madagascar. ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate

Ribbon-cutting at the New Education Building – Centre Valbio Ranomafana – March 16, 2018 The Honorable Minister of Environment The Honorable Dr. Patricia Wright, I am so very happy to be here with you all today, to make one last visit to this beautiful campus and its amazing founder, Dr. Patricia Wright, and to lay ...
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Ambassador Yamate Remarks at World Wildlife Day Event

The “Wildly Beautiful” countering wildlife trafficking campaign is vitally important to help preserve the most vulnerable species here in Madagascar.   Ambassador Yamate Remarks at World Wildlife Day Event Thursday, March 8, American Center Tanjombato His Excellency the Prime Minister of Madagascar; Her Excellency the Minister of Environment, Ecology, and Forests; Members of Government; Honored ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yamate at the Launch of the Access Program

Embassy Multi-Purpose Room Wednesday, February 28, 2016 I am so very happy to celebrate this landmark with you here today. The United States Embassy in Madagascar is committed to supporting the advancement of the English language, and we are proud to be able to extend the English Access Microscholarship program to Thriving Youth Madagascar Association. ...
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Reception of Sorghum in Tolagnaro

Speech of Ambassador Robert T. Yamate Reception of Sorghum in Tolagnaro
 and Announcement of USAID/FFP $4.3 million contribution to WFP operations Taolagnaro, February 09, 2018. I am very pleased to be here with you today to highlight the partnership between the governments of Madagascar and the United States to provide this sorghum. It is our ...
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Ambassador Yamate Remarks

2018 Madagascar Elections Ambassador Yamate Remarks for the Announcement of $1.2 Million Grant to the UNDP Donors Program for the 2018 Madagascar Elections National Independent Election Commission (CENI) Headquarters Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:00 pm CENI President Mr. Hery Rakotomanana, United Nations Representative Violet Kakyomya, Honored guests, Ladies and gentlemen. 2018 will be an important ...
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Ambassador Yamate Remarks

Donation of Project C.U.R.E. Medical equipment to the Centre Hospitalier de Soavinandriana and the Direction Centrale de Service de Sante Militaire November 27, 2017  I am honored to be here today to celebrate this partnership that will help advance Madagascar’s health and security sector.  Today’s event demonstrates the strong security cooperation between the United States ...
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Ambassador Yamate Remarks

Fluidic/Henri Fraise Solar Power Plant Inauguration and Launch of 100 Villages Project I am honored to be here today to celebrate this partnership that will help advance Madagascar’s development in the energy sector.  Today’s event demonstrates the strong commercial cooperation between the United States and Madagascar, and it’s potential for helping both our countries. The economic ...
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Ambassador’s Robert YAMATE’s Remarks

Ceremonial Signing of Fluidic-Henri Fraise-USTDA Agreement   September 14, 2017, Ministry of Water, Energy, and Hydrocarbons His Excellency the Minister of Water, Energy, and Hydrocarbons; The Vice President of Henri Fraise Fils & Cie; The Regional Vice President of Fluidic Energy; Honored guests and members of government; Ladies and Gentlemen.  On behalf of the United States ...
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Power Infrastructure & Energy Efficiency Investors Conference

DCM’s Remarks at RENPOWER Madagascar Renewable Energy   Power Infrastructure & Energy Efficiency Investors Conference Wednesday, September 13, 11:00 AM Carlton Hotel Thank you for the invitation to speak at this important and very interesting event. It’s great to be with everyone this morning. Although I’ve just arrived in Madagascar, it’s already clear to me how ...
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International Professional Advanced Leadership course

Ambassador Robert T. YAMATE closing remarks   Good afternoon. His Excellency the Minister of National Defense, The Honorable Chief of the General Army Staff, The Honorable Deputy Commander of the National Gendarmerie, Commander Gibson and Mr. Roarke, instructors of the International Professional Advanced Leadership course, Participants of the Int’l Professional Advanced Leadership course, Honored guests, ...
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Ambassador Yamate Remarks

CODEL Reception :    Salutations I am so very happy to welcome you here tonight, to honor an extraordinary visit to Madagascar.   Embassy Antananarivo is honored to welcome to Madagascar six distinguished members of the United States House of Representatives, and their spouses and family members, their legislative staff, and military staff supporting their travel. ...
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Ambassador Yamate Remarks

Launch of Symbion Power Plant Mandroseza   Wednesday, August 16, 9:00 AM Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honor and a pleasure to be here today at the inauguration of the Symbion Power plant.  Today’s event is the successful result of the tremendous effort made by Symbion, along with their partners in the Malagasy government, ...
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2017 Independence Day Celebration

Speech of Ambassador Robert T. Yamate July 4th Celebration CMR Ambaranjana, Antananarivo June 30, 2017 Thank you everyone for joining us today, to help us celebrate the 241st anniversary of American Independence, and the 150th anniversary of the establishment of American-Malagasy relations. In 1866, one hundred and fifty years ago, President Andrew Johnson sent the ...
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Launch of HOPE Association by the CEDS 12TH Cohort

 Opening Remarks by Ambassador Robert T YAMATE   June 15, 2017 – American Center Madame Foreign Minister, President of the CENI, President of the HOPE Association, Excellencies, Honorable guests, Ladies and gentlemen, It was almost a year ago that I congratulated members of the 12th cohort for successfully completing their year of seminars at the ...
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LGBTI Pride Flag Unveiling

Ambassador Robert T. Yamate Remarks   June 15, 2017 Colleagues and friends: Thank you for gathering here today to mark the unveiling of the LGBTI Pride Flag. Every June, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Intersex Pride Month is celebrated to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan that marked a turning point in ...
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Speeches

02/22/2017 : Ambassador Yamate Remark – 38’ Metal Shark Boat to Malagasy Navy   (Salutations) Thank you attending this important event. I am so very honored to be able to represent the United States as together with President Rajaonarimampianina, we observe long standing traditions of Navies around the world in commissioning a naval vessel and ...
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The 25th Anniversary of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s work in Madagascar

ADRA’s impact in Madagascar grew over time and the organization expanded to other activities in the health, education and food security sectors and five additional regions of Madagascar. Protocol greetings… Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to be here tonight to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s active presence, ...
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MUSEA Reception Remarks

Ambassador Yamate Madagascar/United States Exchange Alumni (MUSEA) Reception Remarks American Center Tanjombato, February 9, 2017 Distinguished and proud members of MUSEA – the Madagascar United States Exchange Alumni; Which includes – alumni of the IVLP, Humphrey, Fulbright, YALI, AWEP, and SUSI exchange programs; Honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen, colleagues and friends. Thank you all so ...
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Ambassador Yamate ACCESS Event Remarks

Ambassador Yamate ACCESS Event Remarks American Center Tanjombato, Saturday, January 28, 2017, 10:00 – 11:00 Minister of National Education, ETP Board Director, ETP Director, Distinguished guests, family members, and ACCESS graduates and future participants, I am honored to celebrate with you today a double event ­­– the graduation of the 5th cohort and the launch ...
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$2.7 million for drought relief

01/30/2017 : U.S. government provides another $2.7 million for drought relief; calls for a formal emergency declaration New funding brings the total U.S. government contribution to over $39 million for emergency food relief to southern Madagascar Antananarivo – As the emergency in the south of Madagascar continues into the lean season between harvests, the United ...
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Interfaith Dialogue

U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate Remarks – Interfaith Dialogue American Center Tanjombato, January 18, 2017 I am so happy to be able to join you today for this important event.  I would like to thank all of those who worked on bringing this event together, which was a direct result of the work our Embassy and ...
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Presidential Election Results

11/09/2016 : Ambassador Yamate Election Results Press Conference Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 13:00MPR, U.S. Embassy Thank you all for coming today to cover this momentous occasion – the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Since our country’s founding, the electorate in the United States has progressed from one where only a small portion of ...
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Africa Endeavor Dinner

Welcome Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate Africa Endeavor Dinner   Minister of Defense Distinguished government and military members from more than 40 countries and international organizations, Ladies and gentlemen, I wanted to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to Madagascar and to the Africa Endeavor Senior Leader Communications Symposium.  I am sure you will ...
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Remarks by U.S. AMBASSADOR ROBERT T. YAMATE in the occasion of the Raising of the LGBTI Pride Flag

Antananarivo – June 13, 2016 : Colleagues, family members, and friends: Thank you for gathering here today to mark the raising of the LGBTI Pride Flag.  This is the second year in a row that the flag will fly in front of the Embassy, and it is of special significance today. Today, we grieve yesterday’s brutal ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate on the Occasion of the United States Independence Day Reception

The Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic of Madagascar, The Honorable President of the Senate, The Honorable President of the National Assembly, The Honorable President of the High Constitutional Court, The Honorable Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, The Honorable Ministers of the Government of Madagascar, Representatives of the Government and Institutions of Madagascar, Representatives of ...
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Ambassador Robert T. Yamate’s Remarks for the Access Graduation Ceremony

English Teaching Program (ETP) ACCESS Graduation Ceremony Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:00 a.m. American Center, Tanjombato Mr. Secretary General (SG) of the Ministry of Education, Rolland Rabeson ETP Board Director, Mireille Razafindrazaka ETP Director Vony Razanadrakoto Distinguished guests, friends and family members, and most of all, ACCESS graduates: I am so very happy to celebrate ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate – “Celebrate the Achievements” of Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) – A7C Hotel, Antananarivo

Speech by Mr. Robert Yamate, US Ambassador, during the ceremony at the A&C Hotel, Antananarivo Dear Minister of Health Dear Minister of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Dear Minister of Population, Dear Minister of Interior and Decentralization Dear Chief of Party of the MAHEFA project, Dear Regional Directors of Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Dear CCDS ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate – Transparency Internationl – Corruption in Madagascar

Honorable [minister of….] Government officials Colleagues from the non-governmental sector, diplomatic colleagues and friends…. Nothing will unlock Africa’s economic potential more than ending the cancer of corruption. These are from the remarks made by President Obama at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa last July.  It is a simple fact that is as true ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate – Ceremony for the Launching of the 2015-2016 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Project

Prime Minister’s Palace Museum in Andafiavaratra| Thursday, January 21, 2016 Honorable Minister, Colleagues, and friends, It is a great pleasure for me to be here this morning for the launching of this project, the “Preservation of the 19th Century Prime Minister’s Palace Museum in Andafiavaratra.” This project, unlike any other that the U.S. Embassy has ever ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate Disney Conservation Hero Award – Prof. Jonah Ratsimbazafy American Center Tanjombato

I am so very happy to be here this evening, to present the Disney Conservation Hero award to Prof. Jonah Ratsimbazafy. It is an important honor not just for him personally, but for the organizations with which he has worked over his long career.  His work, and this award, bring attention to the importance of ...
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Ambassador Yamate – Equipment Donation – GHPIEGO to the Regional Hospital in Toamasina

Remarks by Ambassador Robert T. Yamate during the handover ceremony of donated equipment from USAID-funded project JHPIEGO to the regional hospital – Toamasina December 7, 2015 Mesdames et Messieurs, Bonjour. I am very pleased to be here today to officially launch the Maternal and Child Survival program (MCSP) in the Atsinanana region. Improving maternal and child health ...
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Ambassador Yamate – Launch of CARE/CUA IARIVO Project

Honorable Executive Secretary for the BNGRC Honorable Chef de District Honorable Mayor Representatives from the Urban Commune of Antananarivo Representatives from the Private Sector Platform Dear partners, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen It is my honor to be here at the Antananarivo Town Hall with with all of you to congratulate you on a successful ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate at the Ceremony to Donate Jackets to Volunteers at Marojejy National Park

Mr. Prime Minister, Dr. Patel, staff of Duke Lemur Center, local dignitaries, residents, partners, and friends, It is a pleasure to be visiting SAVA today – my first opportunity as Ambassador.  And I am particularly pleased to be meeting with such a dedicated group of individuals, committed to preserving and protecting Madagascar’s unique biodiversity while ...
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Alumni Reception

Minister  of Education Paul Rabary, Head of the Alumni Association, Head of the YALI Association, Thank you all for coming to this event.    This week has been full of celebrations for all of us involved in the American Center.  For tonight’s event, we have brought together a group of extraordinary people — individuals who have ...
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Opening of the American Center of Madagascar

It is truly a pleasure for me to be here today, in such esteemed company, for this momentous event.  After several years of effort, together we are opening this beautiful facility, the American Center of Madagascar. Over five years since our former cultural center in downtown Antananarivo closed, I am pleased that there is once ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate

Independence Day Reception Villa Philadelphia, AntananarivoJuly 1, 2015 Honorable guests, What a pleasure it is to be hosting you here at Villa Philadelphia, the first time we have had an Independence Day reception at the Ambassador’s residence in six years, and the first time in as many years that a United States Ambassador has had ...
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Remarks of Ambassador YAMATE at YALI Press Conference

Members of the media, alumni of the YALI program, family members and, especially, this year’s Mandela Fellows:  Welcome, thank you for coming, and congratulations to this year’s fellows. In 2010, President Barack Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative –“YALI” – to empower the incredible talent and creativity of young Africans.  Last year, President Obama ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Yamate at the Opening of the International Trade Board of Madagascar’s “USA Day”

It is truly an honor for me to be with you here today at the opening of “USA Day,” organized by the International Trade Board of Madagascar with the support of the American Chamber of Commerce and the United States Embassy. The economic and commercial relations between the United States and Madagascar run deep.  The ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Yamate on the Occasion of the 15th Anniversary of ESSVA

His Excellency Mister Prime Minister, Her Excellency Madam Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, His Excellency Mister Minister of Public Health, His Excellency Mister Minister of Transport, Tourism and Meteorology, Ladies and Gentlemen, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Mr. Chief of the Vakinankaratra Region, Mr. President of the Special Delegation, Antsirabe I, Mr. the ...
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Ambassador Robert Yamate’s Speech – “Human Rights and Law of Armed Conflict”

Distinguished members from the Malagasy government and military, Leaders from the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you all for taking the time to commit to this vital training.  The safeguarding of human rights has been central to the United States since our establishment over 200 years ago.  Today the promotion ...
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Remarks Following Credential Ceremony

It was a pleasure to present my credentials to President Rajaonarimampianina today. My appointment, as the first ambassador to Madagascar to be named in five years, is a symbol of the restored bond between our two countries, and I look forward to engaging with the President, the government, and Malagasy people, to help Madagascar realize ...
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