Ambassador’s Remarks at “FIT Coding Challenge” – University Džemal Bijedić Mostar

Good morning.  I’m sorry I can’t be with you today in person in Mostar, but I’m delighted to be able to greet you virtually. Thank you to Professor Sanja Kapetanović, coordinator of the FIT coding challenge,  and Dr. Nina Bijedić, Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology and also an alumna of our Fulbright program and to all at the University “Džemal Bijedić” for …

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Address the opening of Transparency International’s conference “Integrity of the Electoral Process in BiH,”

  Dobro jutro. Pozdravljam sve prisutne. Ambassador Sattler, gospodine Blagovčanin, i poštovani gosti. It is my pleasure to address you today and discuss the critical work that Transparency International and other civil society organizations are undertaking to improve this country’s elections. Transparent, free, and fair elections are at the heart of every functioning democracy.  Elections give …

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Remarks for World Press Freedom Day

Dobar Dan! Today is World Press Freedom Day.  Today we honor media professionals for the risks they take to keep us informed. Journalists are true public servants, and their search for the truth directly contributes to the public good.  World Press Freedom Day calls our attention to governments’ responsibility to support press freedom and create an environment in which media can …

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Remarks for the opening of a BOLD Workshop on Economic Development

Dobro jutro članovima Programa BOLD! And congratulations on being selected for our second BOLD Action Workshop on Economic Development.  I am sorry I can’t be there with you but I want you to know that I applaud your ideas!  They are what has  qualified you for this workshop and we look forward to seeing you bring them to fruition.  Thank you for your willingness …

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Remarks regarding signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of INL and the government of Zenica-Doboj Canton

Today’s signing marks a significant step in BiH’s progress fighting corruption.  Corruption is a cancer on democracy. It causes significant pain to citizens and blocks BiH’s European aspirations. There is too little interest from BiH’s governments to address corruption, and so I applaud Acting Prime Minister Basi ć  and his government for committing to create a new Anti-Corruption Office in Zenica-Doboj Canton. Our assistance will copy the model of Kanton Sarajevo’s Anti-Corruption Office, led by Dr. Erduan Kafedžić.  U.S. assistance will be conditioned on political support from the government to give the office the …

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Address on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Transparency International BiH

Ambassador Strömquist, distinguished hosts from Transparency International BiH, guests from other Balkan countries, representatives of civil society. I am honored to be part of this conference. We continue to mark International Anti-Corruption Day, which was on December 9, as it merits special attention in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Corruption has perhaps never been more visible as …

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Ambassador Nelson’s message regarding TIMSS assessments in BiH

Good afternoon to students, parents, educators, and education officials across BiH. There is a direct correlation between the success of a country and the quality of its education system.  Every country including BiH is facing an increasingly complex world and it is important for education systems to continuously adapt and improve so that the next generation will be equipped with the functional knowledge required to compete in a rapidly changing world. We now …

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Remarks for International Education Week 2020

Zdravo svim učenicima i edukatorima i onima koji se obrazuju cijeli život! Welcome to International Education Week 2020! International Education Week celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world. Today, IEW is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. EducationUSA and the Embassy, and our partner American Councils …

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Ambassador Nelson and Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi support “Race for the Cure”

Dobar dan svima! Its a pleasure to greet everyone participating today in Race for the Cure 2020. I remember fondly a beautiful sunny Sunday last year when we were together for Race for the Cure 2019. And I regret we are not together today in person. The US Embassy has been supporting Race for the Cure for five years because we believe it is important to bring people together around a common cause and create …

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Ambassador Nelson’s Address on the Importance of Technology at the Neum NetWork 9 Conference

Good evening.  I’m glad to have the chance to address you all at the Neum NetWork 9 Conference.  I regret my travel schedule prevents me from being there in person. The IT sector is a fundamental part of the strength and success of the United States’ economy.  It is a bright spot here in Bosnia …

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Exercise Jackal Stone 2017 Successfully Completed

Congratulations to all who participated in the overwhelmingly successful Exercise Jackal Stone 2017! Held from June 5 – 13, 2017 throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, the exercise is part of the U.S. European Command’s Joint Training and Exercise Program designed to enhance joint, combined interoperability with Allied and partner nations.  This year’s exercise used a realistic …

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Restoration of Historic Red Cross Building Complete

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the completion of the Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project for the internal reconstruction of the Red Cross Society building, Ambassador Cormack noted that with the completion of this restoration project, we mark not only the rebirth of this important building, we look toward the future; a future …

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Northwestern University’s Little Shop of Horrors Takes BiH By Storm!

With support from State Department’s Arts Envoy program, U.S. Embassy Sarajevo brought the Northwestern University Dolphin Show’s production of Little Shop of Horrors to BiH for a one-week tour. This tour was the first time a Broadway musical with an American cast had ever been produced in BiH, and the show played to over 1,000 …

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