USAID chief Raj Shah to travel to India, Myanmar

Rajiv Shah

Dr Rajiv Shah, the Administrator of US Agency for International Development (USAID) would travel to India and Myanmar next month, the agency announced today, adding in Mumbai he would announce a major programme to reduce preventable child deaths.

39-year-old Shah is the highest ranking Indian-American in the Obama Administration. During his visit to Mumbai from March 5-6, Shah will announce significant new programmes and partnerships that will reduce preventable child deaths.

He will meet with senior government officials, members of India's private sector and representatives from civil society, and deliver keynote remarks at the Indian Philanthropy Forum and the Asia Society, USAID said.

On his first ever visit to Myanmar from March 8 to 9, Shah he will further advance the US-Burma Partnership for Democracy, Peace and Prosperity, building upon the November visit of US President Barack Obama, USAID said.

"Shah's visit will highlight the progress USAID has made in moving forward our partnership with Burma, as well as with the American private sector, universities and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian, democracy, human rights, governance, and economic development assistance to Burma," the USDAID said. The United States is among the few countries in the world which continues to call Myanmar as Burma.

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