USAID Director Honored With Order of José Matías Delgado
On June 12, the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in El Salvador, Carl Derrick, was awarded the rank of “Grand Officer” of the Order of José Matías Delgado by the Minister of Foreign Relations of El Salvador, Hugo Martínez.
The order, which was presented to Mr. Derrick for his contributions to the development of El Salvador, represents the greatest honor awarded by the Salvadoran Government. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the U.S. Embassy, the Government of El Salvador, the private sector, the diplomatic corps, and the Derrick Family.
As Mission Director, Mr. Derrick is the principal senior development advisor to the U.S Chargé d’Affaires and oversees overall program management for all USAID program areas. Mr. Derrick represents USAID and the U.S. Mission in policy dialogue in bilateral, multi-lateral and regional settings at the Representative, Minister and Presidential level. Alongside El Salvador's Vice-Minister of Environment, he is the U.S. Government Representative on the Board of Directors of the Fund for the Initiative for the Americas (FIAES). As Mission Director, he is responsible for the local implementation of emerging Presidential Initiatives, including Partnership for Growth, Feed the Future, Global Climate Change and the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you in building the country that we all dream of – the country that José Matías Delgado imagined when he fought for liberty – a prosperous El Salvador, free of difficulties, in which we all work together so that it may stand out as the earth’s most precious diamond,” said Mr. Derrick, addressing the representatives of different sectors that attended the ceremony.