Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Departs for Africa

August 4, 2009
Secretary Clinton Boards Plane: Travel Diary Africa

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Behind the Scenes PhotosAbout the Author: P.J. Crowley serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

We’re en route to Africa with Secretary Clinton to start her 11-day trip to seven different nations. The Secretary is stopping in Kenya, South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Liberia, and Cape Verde, returning to the United States on August 14.

The Secretary’s trip comes just three weeks after President Obama’s successful trip to Accra, Ghana and underscores the Obama Administration’s commitment to Africa as a priority in U.S. foreign policy. This is the earliest trip to Africa by the President and the Secretary of State of any previous administration.

The trip will start at the U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, known mostly as the AGOA Forum, in Nairobi, Kenya, where the Secretary will speak at the ministerial opening ceremony of the forum. While in Kenya, Secretary Clinton will discuss new approaches to development, including an emphasis on investment and broad-based economic growth. The Secretary will be joined in Kenya by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson.

In each nation, the Secretary will emphasize Africa as a place of opportunity, built on an ethic of responsibility. She will underline America’s partnership with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens to build societies where each individual can realize their potential. In her bilateral meetings and other events, she will encourage new solutions to old challenges, harnessing the power of innovation and technology to provide a foundation for future stability, human development, and sustainable economic growth.

Secretary Clinton will stress the importance of social and economic entrepreneurship, encouraging a new generation of young African scientists, small business leaders, entrepreneurs and civic leaders who are solving real problems and establishing new models for economic success and social advances, with women as full partners in this progress. And she will discuss ways to foster good regional governance, partnering with regional leaders to prevent conflict and violence, including gender-based violence, democratic erosions, and transnational threats.

Throughout the trip, you will be hearing from State Department officials traveling with the Secretary as well as from embassy colleagues who have worked on various aspects of her visit. You may also follow Secretary Clinton’s travels via an interactive travel map on state.gov as well as on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube for her latest videos, photos, and remarks. As you follow along, text the Secretary questions about her travel. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Ron
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New York, USA
August 4, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

DEAR SEC. CLINTON:

BRING THE BEST PRACTICES YOU CAN FIND FOR AIDS PREVENTION AND CARE HOME FROM AFRICA. WE COULD SURE USE SOME RADICAL AND COST EFFECTIVE APPROACHES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

Jennifer
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Michigan, USA
August 4, 2009

Jennifer in Michigan writes:

Have a safe and effective trip!

Rosemary
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New Jersey, USA
August 4, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Godspeed, Hillary! Always praying and lighting candles for you!

RANDRIAMAMPIONONA S.
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Madagascar
August 4, 2009

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Stacy
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Massachusetts, USA
August 4, 2009

Stacy in Massachusetts writes:

Looking forward to hearing about the trip here at Dipnotes and elsewhere. Be safe!

Firehun
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Ethiopia
August 4, 2009

Firehun in Ethiopia writes:

I wish a happy time for Hillary in Africa. I hope that she will listen to our continent's problem and will work closely with African Leaders. God Bless you!

FTN, Ethiopia

Marcelo T.
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Portugal
August 4, 2009

Marcelo T. in Portugal writes:

Y.E. Mrs. Hillary Clinton,

thank you for making it possible for worldwide citizens to text you.

I am looking forward to know more about your trip to Africa, but, for now, I would like to ask you four questions:
- do you believe that the use of smart power must include demands to african countries to respect good governance, when countries like China, India or Russia are only interested in making agreements with african politicians without making any interference in their internal affairs? For how long will this "Western strategy" last?

- do you think it will be possible to avoid the International Criminal Court to deal with the post-violence suspects in Kenya?

- Which are your expectations on the future of the "grand coalition" of Kenya? There are no more parties like PNU or ODM, the cabinet is fragmented in interests and etnicity issues. In your point of view, how do you see this division and a government on a verge of collapse in the most powerful economy of East Africa?

- If Al-Shabaab takes over Somalia and threats U.S. interests, do you consider the possibility of intervening in Somalia and/or Eritrea?

Thank you very much for your attention. I wish you an excellent stay in Africa.

Marcelo T.

Sheila
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Georgia, USA
August 4, 2009

Sheila in Georgia writes:

This is extraordinary. Secretary of State Clinton's visit to Sub-Saharan Africa, preceded by that of President Obama, is recognition of the long overdue importance of the region and the potential for partnerships on so many fronts. I look forward to enjoying Secretary Clinton's exciting visit.
Thank you for the opportunity to be in touch.

Sheila

Noirmita
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California, USA
August 4, 2009

Normita in California writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton:

As you embark on another global diplomacy of great importance, your villagers will follow you with prayers for a safe and fruitful journey. With gratitude for your unwavering commitment to serve our country and people all over the world we say, "you are simply the best"!

Love,
hillaryvillagers

Kim
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California, USA
August 4, 2009

Kim in California writes:

I am contemplating a job offer in Cameroon at a University. You are going to be all around Cameroon. Is there anything I should know before accepting this offer? Are we Americans unwelcome there?

I will be following your trip with interest.

Thank you for your service to America.

Respectfully,
Kim

Joe
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Kenya
August 4, 2009

Joe in Kenya writes:

Secretary Clinton is certainly one of the finest international leaders of our time. I was so happy President Obama nominated her to Secretary of State position. I wish her the best stay in Africa and Godspeed at AGOA meeting in Nairobi.

Christine
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California, USA
August 4, 2009

Christine in California writes:

Secretary Clinton, I am a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Cote d'Ivoire decades ago and one who has long been interested in seeing greater economic and social development in Asia and Africa so that their peoples can enjoy much improved standards of living. I am very pleased and proud to see that our President and his Administration are paying significant attention to these parts of the world.

The tasks ahead in this regard are formidable. It seems at times that we are seeing more setbacks than advances, but perhaps that is because we hear more about the former than the latter.

I thank the President and you, Madame Secretary, along with the entire State Department, for your many efforts. I hope that they will be productive, successful ones. CYH

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 4, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Hi PJ,

Keeping my fingers crossed that former President Clinton has a couple extra passengers on board when he returns from North Korea.

I'm sure political hay will fly, speculation will run rampant as to "the arrangements", and and the daily briefings will be fun to watch for the next week or so...

PJ, all the public is really interested in is results.

We also understand we the public may not have a "need to know" how those results were obtained, facinating as they must be from a working diplomacy standpoint.

Perhaps the formwer president will provide us with a full, public, debrief, being a private citizen.

After all, we have "the big stick", "the carrot", but where did you guys find a "magic wand"?

Luci
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California, USA
August 4, 2009

Luci in California writes:

Will the plight of the women in the Congo i.e. rape, brutality, etc. be addressed during her trip to DRC?

Mrs. Clinton is doing a fantastic job;please tell her "Thank you!"

Brian
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California, USA
August 4, 2009

Brian in California writes:

Madame Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton:

Do have a safe and successful trip to Africa. I, as a proud American, is very much thankful for your service and dedication to our country and world abroad. You are a true patriot.

All the best......

Jonathan
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California, USA
August 4, 2009

Jonathan in California writes:

It is very good that the African countries are receiving more attention, aid, and support from the U.S. There is a lot to be done in the region and the U.S. can also benefit. Africa is becoming increasingly important as a geopolitical asset.

nancy c.
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California, USA
August 4, 2009

Nancy in California writes:

Secretary Clinton,

Thank you for all you are doing and have done. You represent the U.S. so well. I wish you would come visit US here in Cali!! We miss you.

Andrew
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Ethiopia
August 5, 2009

Andrew in Ethiopia writes:

Although it is pleasing to hear rhetoric of increased support for democratization and development in Africa, I hope this administration will be more successful in identifying and working with progressive forces in Africa, as opposed to President Clinton's "new breed" of African leaders, who have gone on to prove their klepto-tyrannical credentials.

Diane
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Minnesota, USA
August 5, 2009

Diane in Minnesota writes:

Hillary -- you are AWESOME! I'm so glad you are out there representing us. Keep up the good work!

Lengi K.
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Texas, USA
August 5, 2009

Lengi K. in Texas writes:

U.S. must promote strong democratic governments in Africa, respects to women, children and stop genocides in Africa, especially in Congo where I am from. I am ready to go back and contribute, but I might be killed. Democracy in Congo doesn't exist.

I am supporting the effort made by Madame Hillary, I am confident something will come out. For this matter I will be happy to meet with Madame Secretary Clinton

Camille W.
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New Jersey, USA
August 5, 2009

Camille in New Jersey writes:

THANK YOU FOR REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES WITH GRACE, CHARM, AND INTEGRITY.............

WOMAN(GIRL)POWER

jordy U.
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Congo, Democratic Republic of the
August 5, 2009

Jordy U. in the Democratic Republic of the Congo writes:

Ms Clinton, its good that you will be going to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well. this country is geopolitically the most important country in the great lake region, the central and southern africa. this region has been a danger zone for more than 10 years. wars, genocides, corruptions has damage the social life in the DRC. The U.S. government would make sure that the government in the region promote peace and security for their populations, good governance and democracy. The U.S. is the world's leader of democracy howevr it should not cooparate with countries which does not respect human rights, good governance, and does not promote basic needs for their populations (health, education, justices...) such the DRC's government. this trip in the DRC, The U.S. should tell the DRC's government to work for the good being of its citizens.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 6, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Jordy U from DRC -- Welcome to the blog. I agree 100%. For some reason or another it too often appears that African leadership regards life as "cheap", to the tune of millions of displaced and deceased.

"Look what it's cost you, and destroy the notion", would be my response to them.

Banish the thinking from the politics and there will be a brighter future for all.

That is for the people to impress on their governments.

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