In Albania, we are supporting competitiveness in the fashion industry. USAID’s business development project will hold a series of workshops in September on competitiveness-related topics following a USAID-sponsored trip in August to the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair. The timing of these workshops also coincides with the launch of 5 websites and other communication materials supported by USAID that will increase awareness of Albania’s garment industry and the potential for investments.
Also in Albania, we are opening Albania’s first Underwater Park. With the help of the U.S. Navy, Albania is sinking some of its rusting, Communist era ships off its touristic Southern coast in an effort to attract divers and tourists. USAID’s Competitive Enterprise Development program will work with local businesses to capitalize on this unique opportunity to build marketable tourist attractions and support Albania’s tourism industry.
In Nepal, we are launching a five-year Countering Trafficking in Person (CTIP) program. Coinciding with National Anti-trafficking Day, USAID’s new anti-trafficking program will be launched amidst a field-based event in a trafficking prone district. The program is designed to prevent trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers in six high-volume trafficking districts in Nepal.
In the Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball Dominican Development Alliance (MLB-DDA), teamed up with the Major League Baseball Players Trust on September 9 to help provide medicine and vitamins for children, organize a network of 36 health promoters, and establish pharmacies in 20 impoverished sugar cane communities in the Barahona province. The health promoters will work to support the health and wellbeing of all community members.