MCC Vice-President of Operations Visits Honduras
John Hewko, Vice President of Operations of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States visited Honduras from the 15th to the 17th of May, 2006. Vice President Hewko met with Honduran Government officials, with staff of the Millennium Challenge Account Program in Honduras (MCA-Honduras) and with representatives of the Honduran civil society in order to assess the advancement in the implementation of the Program.
During his meeting with the President of the Republic, Manuel Zelaya Rosales, Hewko it expressed to the authorities of the Government of Honduras his satisfaction with the general advance of the Program. Hewko expressed the importance of Honduras for the MCC since it was the second country in to have signed Compact with the MCC, but is the first to experience a change in government.
In name of the MCC, Hewko thanked for the particular leadership of President Manuel Zelaya and Ministers Yani Rosenthal and Hugo Noah Pine in assuring the transparency of the selection processes and hiring of the equipment of the Administrative Unit of the Program and the capacity of answer of the Directive Council of MCA, diminishing the delays arisen during the government crossing.
From left to right: Martin Ochoa, Executive Director of MCA Honduras; Manuel Zelaya Rosales, President of the Republic; Charles Ford, Ambassador of the United States in Honduras; John Hewko, Vice-President of Operations of MCC; John Wingle, Representative of MCC in Honduras; and Yani Rosenthal, Minister of the Presidency.
Also, Hewko expressed that this agility will allow the Government of Honduras to move quickly in obtaining the goals of economic growth and reduction of poverty agreed to in the Compact and to harness the anticipated benefits of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States (CAFTA-DR).
For his part, President Zelaya affirmed his commitment and that of his administration to manage to unify the efforts of the programs of the Ministry of Agriculture (SAG) and of Public Works, Transport and Housing (SOPTRAVI) with the objectives of the Compact, in individual, to strengthen the support services for conversion of traditional producers to producers of high value horticulture as well as the maintenance of the primary and secondary road network, which allows the beneficiaries of the Compact to export their products with the greatest possible speed.
Tegucigalpa, May 23, 2006.
From left to right: John Wingle, Representative of MCC in Honduras; John Hewko, Vice-president of Operations of MCC; Charles Ford, Ambassador of the United States in Honduras; Manuel Zelaya Rosales, President of the Republic; Yani Rosenthal, Minister of the Presidency; Roberto Babum, Ministro del Staff Presidencia and Ricardo Arias, Vice-minister of the Presidency.