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.