US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed hope that Rajiv Shah, as the head of US Agency for International Development (USAID), would advance the agenda of development as a core pillar of the US foreign policy.
"Dr Raj Shah is a leader in the development community, an innovative and result-oriented manager, and someone who understands the importance of providing people around the world with the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty and chart their own destinies," Clinton said.
President Obama had announced nomination of Shah - a longtime development worker who now serves as chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture – as the Administrator of USAID; which has an annual budget of USD 20 billion and is considered as a crucial tool to boost USA image overseas.
"By nominating Raj to lead the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), President Obama has reaffirmed that development must be a core pillar of American foreign policy," said Clinton.
She had recently expressed her displeasure on the key administration post laying vacant for too long, particularly at a time when the Obama Administration was putting a lot of emphasis on development as a tool of foreign policy.