Skip to comments.USAID to Spend Tens of Millions Promoting Filipino Tourism, Agribusiness (NEWS BRIEFS)
Posted on 09/22/2012 10:42:15 AM PDT by Steve Peacock
The following is a quick rundown of several recently unveiled foreign aid contracts and projects through the U.S. Agency for International Development. Links to additional information can be accessed by clicking through to the Monitor website.:
THE PHILIPPINES: USAID may spend up $43.5 million over five years to promote tourism and agribusiness in the Philippines. The Advancing Philippine Competitiveness, or COMPETE, Project seeks to "contribute to higher growth through the better provision of infrastructure, increased competitiveness of key industries, and increased access to credit," according to a modified solicitation released Sept. 21. The agency is accepting proposals through Nov. 2 (Solicitation #SOL-492-12-00001).
Separately the agency is looking for contractors capable of helping to strengthen "the capacity, legitimacy, and transparency and accountability of local governments " while also "increasing the involvement of youth and adults in governance processes" in the largely Muslim Mindanao region of the Philippines. A five-year contract award valued at about $19 million is anticipated to carry out the Enhancing Governance, Accountability and Engagement, or ENGAGE, Project (Solicitation #SOL-492-12-000016).
UGANDA: Contracts worth upwards of $23 million dollars could be awarded to "sustainably increase the production and marketing of quality maize, beans, and coffee in Uganda" over five years, USAID said Sept. 21 in a modified solicitation (Solicitation #SOL-617-12-000020(1)).
VIETNAM: USAID awarded a $12.9 million contract to Little Rock, Arkansas-based Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development to help it directly influence and catalyze investment in clean energy technologies, practices, and policies in Vietnam (Contract award #AID-486-C-12-00008).
BANGLADESH: Chemonics International secured a $2 million noncompetitive contract extension to help promote the global market competitiveness of the horticulture, aquaculture, and leather products sectors in Bangladesh. USAID on Sept. 21 said in a Justification & Approval document that it raised the contract from about $11 million to $13 million as part of the Poverty Reduction by Increasing the Competitiveness of Enterprises (PRICE) initiative (Contract award #388-C-08-00021-00).
And Obama is smiling on the muslim takeover...
Separately the agency is looking for contractors capable of helping to strengthen "the capacity, legitimacy, and transparency and accountability of local governments " while also "increasing the involvement of youth and adults in governance processes" in the largely Muslim Mindanao region of the Philippines.
The Native Filipinos are good, hard working people and the LAST thing they need is foreign encouragement that, for the most part, the LEO's can keep from getting TOO out of control.
I can see it now ... Dubais gazillions taking over banana and coconut plantations and building mosques where the national religion is primarily Catholic.
Nothing but trouble can come out of THIS foreign policy.
Mindanao is very much majority Christian.
The Muslims are a minority even in Mindanao.
There are a few provinces where they are a majority, but thats not where either agribusiness or tourism development are likely.
Most Muslims live in the west part of Mindanao.
I was in Mindanao last December and I remember seeing a few mosques in Sultan Karamet.
The article reads “largely Muslim,” indicative of the concentration of Muslims there. Regions within Mindanao — such as the officially named Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) — would indicate that some regions are indeed Muslim majority.
Technically, you are correct. Thank you for the clarification.