President of Honduras hosts ceremony of the Millennium Challenge Account - Honduras results
Tegucigalpa.-The President of Honduras, Mr. Porfirio Lobo Sosa, the Ambassador of the United States of America, Mr. Hugo Llorens, and the President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Mr. Daniel Yohannes, presided over the closing ceremony of the investments executed in the country by the MCC through the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras.
The Millennium Challenge Donation Agreement was signed in June 2005, between the Government of the United States of America, through the MCC, and the Government of Honduras, for the strengthening of agricultural and transport sectors.
Since its beginning and to this date, the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras investments have benefited 1.7 million people in 16 of the 18 departaments of the country.
The President of Honduras, Mr. Porfirio Lobo Sosa, decorated Mr. Daniel Yohannes, President of the MCC, during the ceremony of the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras results.
Porfirio Lobo Sosa alongside representatives of the Government of Honduras, the Ambassador of the United States of America, Hugo Llorens, and Daniel Yohannes from the MCC.
Presidential designee Ms. María Antonieta Guillen stated that “the Millennium Challenge Account is one of the most successful projects in the history of international cooperation in Honduras".
Azucena Urquía, agricultural producer, gave thanks for the aid given on behalf of the thousands of beneficiaries of the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras.
Personalities from the government and private sector companies met at the Presidential Palace to participate in the event.
During his speech, President Lobo Sosa expressed “the Millennium Challenge Account has been a true and tangible support. I would like to congratulate the farmers, the various groups at different levels, and the way everyone has executed this Project, it is a true example of how those who have received the aid from the People and Government of the United States of America, through the Millennium Challenge Account, have responded”.
He also stated that the producers will continue with their projects, and he recognized the aid given “as a government, we will continue to support the producers, we are convinced that the development of Honduras starts by developing farm lands…big opportunities…that is what the Millennium Challenge Account has given the producers”, said the President.
In the transport sector, the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras has invested 119.9 million dollars, generating around 4 thousand temporary jobs each year. One of the best projects is the improvement and expansion of 107.12 Kms. of the CA5-North Highway, benefiting the owners and drivers of 4.3 million vehicles per year. Part of the accomplishments of this project is the “Resettlement Plans”, in which 200 families have been relocated in 19 Millennium Settlements built alongside the CA-5 North Highway.
Opportunities have been created for national agriculture through the Rural Development Project, which has invested US$67.7 million, directly benefiting more than 350 thousand people, and generating positive results with programs such as Farmer Training and Development MCA-H/FTDA, in which approximately six thousand farmers are earning at least 2 thousand dollars per hectare per year.
The event was also attended by Honduran government authorities, congressmen, civil society representatives, and authorities of the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
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