- By Laura RozenLaura Rozen writes The Cable daily at ForeignPolicy.com.
From a State Department press release:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin a seven nation trip to Africa on August 5 at the 8th U.S. – Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (known as the AGOA Forum) in Nairobi, Kenya.
While in Kenya, Secretary Clinton will focus on the linkages between investment and economic growth, as well as the singular opportunities provided to African countries through the landmark African Growth and Opportunity Act. 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.
During the visit to Kenya, the Secretary will deliver a speech at the Ministerial Opening Ceremony for the AGOA Forum; participate in bilateral meetings with Kenya’s senior leaders; and engage with members of civil society.
The Secretary will continue her travel with stops in South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Liberia, and Cape Verde. In each nation, she will participate in bilateral discussions and public events in order to find new solutions to old challenges. Her visit will underline America’s commitment to collaborate with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens to build societies where each individual can realize their potential.
In addition, while in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Secretary Clinton will highlight efforts to combat gender-based violence. In both Nigeria and Liberia, the Secretary will bring attention to the Obama Administration’s commitment to helping nation’s around the world implement self-sufficient and sustainable food security.
Following closely on the President’s trip to Accra, the Secretary will demonstrate our commitment to a partnership with Africa that is grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect. Africa no longer sits on the margins of U.S. diplomacy and international trade. The continent is a source of creativity, dynamic development, and the Secretary will call for even stronger links with global markets and knowledge networks.
Following her visit to Cape Verde, the Secretary will return to Washington, DC.