Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 19, 2010


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will preside over the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) signing of a $262 million poverty reduction grant with Moldova on Friday, January 22, at 12:30 p.m., at the Department of State. The grant will focus on investment projects in irrigation infrastructure, high-value agricultural products and road construction. His Excellency Prime Minister Vladimir Filat of Moldova will represent the Government of Moldova.

The Moldova signing ceremony is the first under the tenure of MCC’s new Chief Executive Officer Daniel W. Yohannes, who was sworn in by Secretary Clinton last month.

The event is open to the press in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. Media should RSVP to http://www.mcc.gov/mcc/press/events/rsvp/outreach-012210-moldova.shtml by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2010.
Pre-set time for cameras: 11:15 a.m. from 23rd Street Entrance
Final access time for print journalists and still photographers: 12:00 a.m. from 23rd Street Entrance

PRESS CONTACTS:

Millennium Challenge Corporation
Amanda Burke
(202) 521-3901
burkeam@mcc.gov

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).



PRN: 2010/071