Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Christopher Krafft at the Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia Drainage Handover Ceremony

Mazyopa, Lusaka, Zambia
November 2, 2018

(as prepared for delivery)

Good afternoon, everyone.  This celebration is the culmination of years of hard work through the strong partnership between the governments of the United States of America and Zambia.

In particular, I would like to recognize the Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia (MCA-Zambia) for its work in developing and managing the compact investment.  I would also like to commend the Ministry of Local Government and Lusaka City Council for working with MCA-Zambia to accomplish these improvements to Lusaka’s drainage system.

If you go anywhere in the city, you will see that the Millennium Challenge Zambia Compact’s Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation, and Drainage Project has been a very present part of the lives of Lusaka residents for the last few years, and, at times, we know that has been disruptive.  However, today, we can stand here and witness a remarkably improved storm water drain along with other returns on compact investments that will have a markedly positive impact on the lives of so many residents of this city.

Earlier today, the United States Ambassador to Zambia, Mr. Daniel L. Foote, had the pleasure to meet with His Excellency, President Lungu, to recognize the impending closure of the Millennium Challenge Zambia Compact.  In that meeting His Excellency the President reaffirmed the Government of Zambia’s commitment to sustaining the infrastructure investments and continuing to implement reforms of our combined effort.

With our own seasonal hurricanes, the United States can empathize with Zambians on the devastating impacts of flooding.  Maintaining this drain is important to keep everyone’s property secure and families safe.

At this time, I would like to introduce a special guest who has been a champion of the Zambia compact from afar and a staunch advocate of the U.S.-Zambian partnership.  Ms. Jeanne Hauch, Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, comes to Zambia to celebrate the accomplishments of the compact.

Ms. Hauch has a wealth of international experience, having worked in more than 35 countries—from Afghanistan to Zambia—for the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the United States government.   She was also a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice for more than 10 years, prosecuting terrorism and transnational crimes as well as crimes against women and children such as trafficking, hostage taking, and smuggling.  We are very pleased that Ms. Hauch has returned to Zambia to see the fruits of this partnership.

Again, it is my pleasure to recognize this moment with you, especially to see the many members of the community who will benefit from improvements to the drain.  Vice President Hauch, I welcome you to the podium.