Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Visits Tanzania

Posted by Dahm Choi
June 12, 2011
Secretary Clinton Arrives In Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Secretary Clinton Commemorates The 1998 Embassy Bombing Victims in Dar es Salaam
Secretary Clinton Tours An Electric Plant In Dar Es Salaam
Secretary Clinton Tours The Buguruni Health Center
Secretary Clinton Watches A Performance On Gender-Based Violence
Secretary Clinton Heads To Meeting On Nutrition
Secretary Clinton Meets with Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda
Secretary Clinton Laughs with Members of the Upendo Cooperative
Secretary Clinton Listens to Members of the Upendo Cooperative
Secretary Clinton Shakes Hands With a Farmer in Mlandizi, Tanzania
Secretary Clinton Plants A Vegetable in Mlandizi, Tanzania
Secretary Clinton Meets with Tanzanian Farmers

As I watched Secretary Clinton with East African energy-sector leaders stand in front of a state-of-the-art generator at the Symbion Power Plant today and give remarks on competitive infrastructure development, I reflected a bit on the notion of the practice of diplomacy.

I arrived here to the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania just over a week ago, hoping over the course of the summer to see diplomacy in action -- and to participate myself in its practice for the first time at an American Embassy overseas.

On my first day, my supervising Foreign Service Officer in the Public Affairs Section told me to get ready: the Secretary would be arriving in Tanzania shortly, to promote a range of partnership programs and launch Feed the Future, a major new food security initiative. I was immediately assigned to be a press site officer for two of the Secretary's events, assisting with media logistics and the press at both venues. As I reviewed briefing notes and participated in planning meetings, I thought about my coursework from my past two years as a State Department Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy -- courses covering such policy areas as agriculture, global public health, and bilateral political relations. Now, I would see diplomacy in action

The Secretary arrived from Lusaka, Zambia, where she participated in the AGOA Forum and led ministerial discussions on tariff-free trade between developing nations and the United States. She opened her busy schedule here in Dar es Salaam with a high-level early-morning roundtable discussion on hunger and nutrition, both of which were critical issues in my development economics courses. The meeting would be the first of a packed schedule during her brief stay.

After her meeting with Prime Minister Pinda, the Irish Tanaiste Gilmore and others on nutrition, Secretary Clinton then proceeded to a rural cooperative farm to launch Feed the Future, President Obama's $3.5 billion pledge to reduce chronic hunger and poverty, in Tanzania. She met with the women growing vegetables through the cooperative and heard their stories. I had seen technical poverty strategy reduction papers and multi-variate econometric analyses in school, but here now in this lush field, with this food security pledge, was policy in practice, highlighting the partnership and commitment between the United States and Tanzanian to tackle food security, and committed to the ultimate aim that no family should be wanting for a meal.

Before proceeding with Tanzanian ministers and experts to visit the Buguruni Health Center, the Secretary went to one of the sites I was staffing, to recognize the U.S. commitment to market-led growth through the Millennium Challenge Corporation and see firsthand one of the fruits of our $698 million economic compact with Tanzania. She spoke with pride of the two countries' long-term diplomatic partnership, emphasizing trade and major investment projects. The bright sun glinting off the power plant, I recognized for myself my own commitment to such diplomacy -- just like many others joining the Foreign Service, I believe that diplomacy in action represents more than just polite exchanges between countries, but instead substantive investment in each others' futures.

In fact, the United States' long view on investment, in fact, was what brought me to this diplomatic event on the African edge of the Indian Ocean. Through the benefits of U.S. foreign policy, I was able to emigrate from South Korea at a young age, and those benefits have continued with the State Department's Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, through which I received the diplomatic training which I could now -- this weekend with the Secretary, next week myself -- begin to put into practice here in Tanzania.

Secretary Clinton travels to the United Arab Emirates, Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiophia June 8-14, 2011. You can follow her trip here.

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palgye
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South Korea
June 13, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

For the development of Africa from, spoke, that secures the drinking water and the water, thinks in former times one which is more urgent economic growth. With like log of Libya public corporation, establishes the waterway on a scale which is a national, thinks solving the water shortage to be most urgent the work which is important. There is not a funds, from the international financial institution to make a loan, the African countries do to make a mortgage provide, when (they fail, forever the possibility of paying a debt is not, but the citizens ask and they think that there is a possibility of eating as wishes. Does to make a preference the enterprises provide, the method which promotes a development is, frankly, induces because of possibility the colony will become and is not but, is like that but, the people who is living lives and thinks. that,)The new and renewable energy and most used the sun probably, when does in base, becomes also the good instance, also the expense reduces, thinks that the possibility which pollution level environmental will solve is high. Will do most first the work which seeks the water, thinks that in the citizens who will ask one which supplies cleanly stably.

When the underground water lacks, use the sea water. The many problem is solved, the new problem forecasts as the thing which will occur after several years.

PS

Is the woman who from the viewpoint which sees from second photographs carries on shoulder the second time bag from the left side who? The impression is considerable is good… The people meets and that does to make a favor feel the outward appearance and occupation and money selfishness of that person but, sometimes controls the part where the impression is many, thinks that does. The charm with the woman feels, centipede.

and Yemen?

present39
June 22, 2011

W.W. writes:

Ethiopia Is Italy and Italy is Ethiopia ...

S.P.Q.R.

palgye
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South Korea
June 22, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

The last

Acquiesced to the dictatorship of development, while investors believe in the promise to return. Perhaps, another innovative and new ways to set fair, you might, I guaranteed the participation of opposition parties and civil society, however, think that the dictatorship of a new, faster development. In other words, multinational corporations and international financial institutions to guarantee their return to ensure that politicians also need to ensure that the dictatorship would develop my thinking about Africa is approximate. If you try the other politicians, cartels, but if you are, the possibility of human rights and freedoms guaranteed to a very suspect.

Include details like my old story, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and Africa is set to roll-model and (watch the video, several of the countries I'd like to talk about this further, I'm talking about in situations where information is lacking, I do not . but Paul Kagame?)
Spread to neighboring countries to enforce policy by what about that? The story was unbalanced, but limited resources, and give the money divided equally, one hour happy, but I think that tomorrow will worry about. What should I do if I am I betrayed? One of Korea's traditional organization "betray kills" I think. Not kidding.

The development of these countries, while stimulating them around the country, and a specific point in time, Africa is becoming available within the fund, the first developed country in Africa as a whole spread of people go to them, think of the technology and hopes to spread .

The first thing, the first securing water and electricity, roads, industries such as steel mill ssalin new and expansion of social infrastructure, and to think in parallel education and hospitals (teaching the first, but the food situation in Africa can provide, due to corruption in the delivery of food to the people's hard to believe), and, secure in the capital of each country with multinational corporations and international financial institutions to cooperate, to think that solves leaves.

Egypt, the largest country and the population of Africa, China is likely to be large, Kenya, the Central Region of the maengju, the remaining print Carr Republic (the rich and the poor people's differences and recognize the differences too great, and still more difficult to solve social deviant watching , and a pool house with a white woman and black man living on the intensity of the man with the gun - simply recognized as the difference between an individual's effort enough to suspect that the responsibility of the state itself) results in the development of good practices among the natives to return I think it'd be.

About the country's development process and is thought to be similar. When trying to go through a rite of passage when, by the way, such as courses that lead to social consensus through riots and revolutions that made you think it is completely different. Story development dictatorship, and the lack of information, but

Perhaps, by summer 2012 made tangible achievements I think have to pay, and Africa, and Egypt believe that they are ready. Engage in outside help, but ... Is impossible without outside help.

Thank You.

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more, next time, if approve.

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