Bureau of African Affairs

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Date: 03/27/2013 Description: Official portrait: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources - State Dept Image

Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield leads the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, the division in the Department focused on the development and management of U.S. policy concerning the continent. There are four pillars that serve as the foundation of U.S. policy toward Africa.

1) Strengthening Democratic Institutions;
2) Supporting African economic growth and development;
3) Advancing Peace and Security;
4) Promoting Opportunity and Development.

Read the full description of the pillars here: U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa.

Travel to Rwanda

Secretary Kerry travelled to Kigali, Rwanda, from October 13-14, 2016, to join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and others in striving to achieve U.S. climate and environmental goals at the upcoming Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. More» Trip Page»

2016 Africa Growth and Opportunity Act Forum

Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield (Sept. 26): "This is a team sport. We can’t do it alone. We have to work together. AGOA is having great success, and with our continued commitment, there will be many more successes to come in the future." Full Text» More»

Meeting With Mozambique President 

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 14): "We look forward to discussions today about a number of different issues, but I want to congratulate the president on his personal commitment to biodiversity and conservation." Full Text»