Top USAID official to visit PH to launch projects

Posted at 11/02/2012 11:29 AM | Updated as of 11/02/2012 5:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A top official from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is set to visit Manila next week to help launch new development projects in the country.

Eric Postel, USAID Assistant Administrator, will be in the country on November 5 to 8 to attend meetings with officials from the government and the private sector, and launch projects, his agency said in a statement.

Postel's meetings will be with local government officials, business chambers and other stakeholders to discuss the US-Philippines Partnership for Growth initiative.

Meanwhile, the projects that will be launched include the Scaling Innovations in Mobile Money, a partnership between the USAID and the City of Valenzuela, that will promote the use of mobile money for the city's financial transactions in order to cut costs, increase transparency and make transactions easier for citizens.

Postel will also help launch a USAID-supported project, the Judicial Strengthening for Court Effectiveness, which aims to improve efficiency in Philippine courts.