Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras generating economic growth in the Aguan Valley



The President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, and the Ambassador of the United States of America, Hugo Llorens, inaugurated investments in projects for over 267 million lempiras in the Aguan Valley, channelized by the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras and benefiting approximately 180 thousand local residents.

The inaugurated projects consist in the paving of the Sonaguera-Km 35 road, the improvement of nine rural roads within the valley, and the start of the quarantine activities for the Moscamed Program.

The pavement of Sonaguera-Km 35 road represents a strategic investment since it connects the Valley with the main national and international markets, enhancing infrastructure and existing facilities, such as Puerto Castilla, and representing an alternate and non floodable transportation channel for the local population.

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Arrival of President Porfirio Lobo Sosa to the inauguration of the Aguan Valley investments.

Hugo Llorens, Ambassador of the United States of America.

Cutting of the inaugural ribbon by President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and Ambassador Hugo Llorens.

The ceremony was held in Faust Field, outside Sonaguera, with the attendance of more than 700 persons.

Members of the presiding committee.

In his speech to the attendees, American Ambassador Hugo Llorens said “You are among the more than 200 thousand people from neighboring communities that are being benefited by the Millennium Challenge Account in the Aguan Valley; your presence here gives me special joy because this program is focused specifically on you and on the expansion of your opportunities for growth and poverty reduction”.

The improvement of nine rural roads represents a work in conjunction with the municipalities, beneficiary communities by providing access to education and health services, and fostering a relationship with the markets.

The Moscamed Program is controlling the Mediterranean fruit fly in approximately 350 thousand hectares in the Valley, through five stations that are adequately equipped and operating. Over the next years, it is expected to declare the area as pest free, so as to expand the markets and be able to export to the United States and Europe with no difficulties.

“I congratulate you Mr. Ambassador, and I thank your Government, and everyone in the Millennium Challenge Account, these programs are essential for us. The largest concentration of poverty is located in the rural areas…and it’s ironic since the land is there, as are the men and women capable of making it produce” expressed President Porfirio Lobo Sosa.

The Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras is meeting the objectives of creating opportunities for national agriculture, by enhancing the country’s most productive areas, and, in the case of the Aguan Valley, by supporting leader farmers with technical assistance, with market contacts that enable their farms to be more profitable, with easier credit access, and provision of funds to reinvest in their farms.

Likewise, the Millennium Challenge Corporation funds managed by the MCA are meeting their role of reducing transportation costs and improve competitiveness and access to markets and services, through the enhancement of important highways throughout the country.

The ceremony was hosted by Martin Ochoa, Executive Director for the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras; and Yeffrey Lopez, Mayor of Sonaguera. The event was also presided by the Presidential Designee and President of the Board of Directors of MCA-Honduras, Maria Antonieta Guillen de Bogran; Jacobo Regalado, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock; Miguel Rodrigo Pastor, Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Housing (SOPTRAVI); Jonathan Brooks, Director for Honduras of the Millennium Challenge Corporation; and Guillermo Alvarado, Director of the International Regional Organism for Agricultural Health (OIRSA), among others.

 


2009. Millenium Challenge Account. Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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