The U.S. State Department's Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman reinforced the U.S. rebalance to the Asian Pacific region, and in particular Southeast Asia, during her March 6-7 visit to Yangon and Naypyitaw. She discussed bilateral cooperation in support of further democratic and economic reforms in meetings with ethnic and civil society group leaders, political party representatives, development organizations, members of the business community, and senior government officials. Please see the attached press release for more information. (PDF 308 KB) »
On February 27, Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), called for broad-ranging partnerships to boost the country’s agricultural development. Shah made these remarks during a keynote address delivered at the Yangon headquarters of the Livelihoods and Food Security (LIFT) Multi-Donor Trust Fund – a fund to which USAID contributes. Please see the attached press release for more information.
On February 27, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in this country. For more information, please see the attached press release.
Advancement and Development through Entrepreneurship Programs and Training (ADEPT) Launched at Yangon Institute of Economics
Today the Yangon Institute of Economics (YECO) launched the first of several new "entrepreneurship" centers. The HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurship Center (HP LIFE) is part of a program aimed at helping Myanmar cultivate small businesses and support the country's future business leaders. The center's opening represents the first phase of implementation of a partnership involving the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Ministry of Education, Indiana University, Hewlett-Packard, the global nonprofit business network Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), and Vietnam-based VinaCapital Foundation's Lotus Impact fund called ADEPT, or Advancement and Development through Entrepreneurship Programs and Training. (PDF 287 KB) »
Today, U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell delivered a lecture on the United States’ commitment to the Asia Pacific region, including bilateral cooperation as this country undertakes further democratic and economic reforms, to an audience of 170 students and faculty at Mandalay University. (PDF 281 KB)
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is pleased to announce the launch of the spring 2014 Small Grants Competition offered by the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP/PD) at the U.S. Department of State. EAP/PD will offer this competition twice this year, with the second one taking place in June/July 2014.
This competition offers grants of up to $20,000 to local, non-governmental organizations to strengthen Multilateral Engagement, Economic Issues, Human Rights/Democracy/Good governance/Rule of Law, Education, and Cultural/Sports/American Society.
Proposals are due to the Public Affairs Section in Rangoon by March 3, 2014 and should be submitted via email to RangoonUSECA@state.gov
Winners will be selected by the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and announced by the Public Affairs Section the last week of April 2014.
Please follow the link for complete guidelines and application format.
Spring 2014 EAP-PD Small Grants Program
This announcement is to inform interested civil society organizations about funding opportunities of grants up to $20,000. The U.S. Embassy seeks proposals from qualified organizations for sustainable projects that identify and respond to the needs of their communities, including enhancing opportunities for:
1) Advance democracy and civic engagement,
2) Promote rule of law and human rights,
3) Strengthen civil society capacity for advocacy and networking, and
4) Promote conflict resolution and peace building.
This initiative will channel through the US Embassy Small Grants Program.
Please follow the link to download:
Application and budget narrative formats to Small Grants Program
- If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent after-hours assistance, the After-Hours Duty Officer Telephone number is (95)-(9)-512-4330. The 24 Hour Embassy Telephone number is (95)-(1)-500-547. If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer. These numbers are not to be used for visa inquiries.
- This brochure is an overview of OFAC's regulations with regard to the Burma sanctions updated on January 29, 2014. (PDF 229 KB)
The world’s finest athletes will gather in Sochi, Russia, to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic (February 7-23) and Paralympic (March 7-16) Games.
May 2014 - Explore college newsrooms where student journalists practice their Constitutional right to a free and unfettered press. This issue also offers news for movie buffs, from an update on soon-to-be-released Hollywood flicks, to a story about directors joining forces to preserve old movies, to tips on how to make your own film, even if you’re on a tight budget. Available in: HTML| PDF (10.3 MB)