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Ambassador Spahiu Attended the Swearing-in Ceremony of Maureen Shauket, the USAID Mission Director for Kosovo

December 5, Washington, DC. Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in Washington, DC, Avni Spahiu, attended the swearing-in ceremony of Maureen A. Shauket, the new Mission Director for Kosovo for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, administered the oath of office at the swearing-in ceremony.

Ambassador Spahiu addressed the attendees, saying that “USAID has partnered with the Government of Kosovo, relevant agencies, and civil society to rebuild the economy and infrastructure and help the people of Kosovo create new government, legal and financial institutions necessary for an orderly, functioning democratic society.” Ambassador Spahiu expressed his belief that under the leadership of Mrs. Shauket, USAID in Kosovo will continue to be a partner in building democracy and human freedom, and help develop its economic potentials.

During her remarks at the ceremony, Shauket stated, “I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to return to the Europe and Eurasia Bureau. It is a time of great challenge and great opportunity in Kosovo and I am honored to contribute to the excellent work that USAID is doing to further the country's remarkable development progress. I look forward to working with the entire US Government team to leverage our development impact in Kosovo.”

The key objectives of USAID's assistance include: solidifying the rule of law, building government capacity, readying the energy sector for privatization, improving infrastructure, developing private enterprise and promoting reconciliation and minority rights. Ms. Gjeneza Budima, First Secretary at the Embassy, also took part in the ceremony.

Photo Credit: Patricia Adams / USAID