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State Department
July 2, 2004

Robin Phillips is New USAID Mission Director for Armenia; Agency
veteran was sworn in recently in Washington

TEXT: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has
announced its new mission director for Armenia, Robin Phillips, who has
worked for the agency for 20 years.

A press release provides biographical information about Phillips. It
also notes that USAID has committed $57 million to Armenia for projects
focusing on private sector development, energy sector reform, democracy
building, healthcare, social transition, and water management.



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U.S. Agency for International Development

Washington, D.C.

http://www.usaid.gov

June 29, 2004

USAID Swears In New Mission Director for Armenia

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
announced the swearing in of Robin Phillips as the USAID Mission
Director for Armenia. Carol Peasley, Counselor for the U.S. Agency for
International Development, will preside over the ceremony at the
agency's headquarters in the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown
Washington.

Mr. Phillips has worked for USAID since 1984, when he accepted a
position as an economic officer in the USAID Mission in Bridgetown,
Barbados. Since then he has been assigned as an economist, program
economist, deputy director, director and now mission director. These
assignments have taken him to Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda, as
well as Armenia.

An accomplished linguist with language skills in Chinese and Japanese,
Mr. Phillips holds multiple degrees; a bachelor's degree from Harvard
in language studies, a master's of art in Asian Studies and Political
Science from Stanford University and a master's of science in Economics
from the London School of Economics.

The USAID mission in Armenia focuses on a wide variety of sectors, to
include, private sector development, energy sector reform, democracy
building, healthcare, social transition, and water management. Overall,
the mission is managing over $57 million in funds working to rebuild
Armenia after years of communist rule. USAID also provided humanitarian
assistance to Armenia following a massive earthquake in 1988. For more
information about USAID programs in Armenia, please visit the mission
website at http://www.usaid.gov/am/index.html .

The U.S. Agency for International Development has provided economic and
humanitarian assistance worldwide for more than 40 years.

Contact: USAID Press Office

Press: (202) 712-4320

Public Information: (202) 712-4810 2004-058

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Department of State.)