Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa

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AF Ministerial

Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has invited Foreign Ministers from across the African continent, including African Union Commission leadership, to Washington, D.C. on Friday, November 17, for high level discussions on multilateral issues concerning trade and investment, security, and good governance. 

The United States is seeking to expand partnerships across the African continent that are founded on mutual interests, a common commitment to open markets, free and fair trade, democracy and the rule of law, secure borders and conflict mitigation, and effective responses to global terrorist threats. 

As President Trump underscored during his working lunch with African leaders at the UN General Assembly, and as Under Secretary Shannon described in his September speech on our Africa policy, the purpose of this meeting is to: 

  • build on economic partnerships with countries committed to self-reliance and job creation; 
  • partner with African leaders to end violence, prevent the spread of terrorism, and respond to humanitarian crises; and 
  • to work together to promote freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights.

This Ministerial is an opportunity to discuss the U.S. government’s ongoing engagement across the continent and existing programs led by the Trump Administration that focus on trade and investment, good governance, and security.  The Ministerial will highlight U.S. economic programs in the region, and support consultation and cooperation on counterterrorism efforts.  It will also facilitate close cooperation with the U.S. Congress on foreign policy objectives in Africa and emphasize regional initiatives to promote good governance, which create enabling environments for increased economic investment and mutual prosperity.

About the Author: Lisa M. Hibbert serves as the Regional Social Media Coordinator in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. 

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on

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