Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks at the President’s Forum with Young African Leaders

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August 3, 2010

President's Forum with Young African Leaders

Today, August 3, President Barack Obama invited 115 young leaders from 47 nations of sub-Saharan Africa to participate in the President's Forum with Young African Leaders. This initiative aimed to help these leaders engage with each other, as well as U.S. citizens and government officials on issues key to Africa's future. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had the opportunity to deliver remarks at the forum.

Secretary Clinton addressed why Africa is important. She said, "I see Africa as a continent brimming with potential, a place that has so much just waiting to be grasped. Sixty percent of the population of Africa is under the age of 25. And that means that there's a lot of work to be done to make sure that those young people are educated, are healthy, are motivated, are given the tools of opportunity. But it also means that Africa has not just the potential, but the promise of becoming a leader in innovation, in design, in creativity of all that you, your families, communities, and countries can become."

The Secretary continued, "Across Africa, more citizens believe they now have the power and the duty to shape their own lives, to help their communities, to hold their governments accountable. So for all of the challenges, which we hear much about, I want to focus on these gains, because it is through this positive progress that we can motivate and incentivize even more to take place. And ultimately, it is up to you. The President and I very much believe in Africa's promise and we can do what's possible from afar to assist and to be front-row cheerleaders, if you will. But ultimately, it is up to you, and to citizens like you to make sure that we sustain and deepen the progress."

Find more video and a full text transcript here.



Patrick W.
Maryland, USA
August 4, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Hi, Guys, And My Special Rep. Secretary Hilllary Clinton...:)

Anyways, i liked her remarks and positive views of the way thing could be, if you have the right vision of Africa.

I think, this change could happen,with the right amount of good people ..:)

Positive Thoughts and Best Regards ___:):)

South Korea
August 4, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

fear is originated,
garbage in garbage out.

Now the economic situation, the brave people abbreviate the ignorant, for all large corporations and the financial industry, a huge amount of commitment in order to prevent bankruptcy, ordered the revival, came in with too much money for fear of becoming lazy, dangerous, and investors their vacation leave, employees with only just a number, to show the same in parallel seemed to maintain a qualified investment.

Someone looks at risk across the river the first person to arrive safely on the other side to make sure that after the investment looks like doing .. Normally, but is he, then, ordinary citizens will lose their jobs difficult to determine because there is.

Some were going to show you how to get back from vacation I would like to believe.

but, .....................................

from fat batman

August 4, 2010

Katalin in Hungary writes:

After the World War I, they did divide Africa on purpose, they drew straight borders. Because they didn't want them to unite, they feared Africa would be stronger then them.
Anyway I think they should be taught first how to live peacefully together and to use minerals for their common benefit and not to use it for individual purpose to make profit. This is the greatest lesson they have to learn, not technology.


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