U.S. Ambassador visits Ambon and Makassar
SURABAYA, Indonesia – Ambassador Marciel made his second visit to Makassar his first visit to Ambon from June 17-20 supporting strong engagement with Eastern Indonesia.
In Makassar, Ambassador Marciel will break ground for the 5 year USAID water sanitation program. Green and Clean Program is the U.S. Agency for International Development’s $2.2 million water and sanitation program implemented by UNICEF and CARE. The program works to strengthen public and community institutions advocating for increased funding for government water and sanitation projects; educate community members and students in elementary schools about good hygiene practices; improve living environment around slum areas; increase access to safe water, basic sanitation, and communal sanitation facilities; and increase participation and role of women in water, sanitation, and hygiene related decision making process.
He also participated in a dialogue with leading environmental organizers, fisheries companies, NGOs, and academics to strategize and discuss sustainable fisheries issues and managing marine environmental areas. In addition he will interview with media and meet alumni of exchange participants from South Sulawesi.
In Ambon, the Ambassador met with various leaders in society and youth groups. He had courtesy calls with the Governor and the Kapolda. He visited Pesantren Al Anshor where he had a dialogue with students and gave a speech on tolerance at Pattiumra University. In addition he had discussions with exchange alumni, journalists, and religious leaders about the growing U.S. - Indonesia partnership.