Secretary Clinton: Travel to Africa

August 3, 2009 to August 14, 2009

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton began a seven-nation trip to Africa at the 8th U.S. – Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (known as the AGOA Forum) in Nairobi, Kenya.

This trip highlighted the Obama administration’s commitment to making Africa a priority in U.S. foreign policy. This is the earliest in any U.S. administration that both the President and the Secretary of State have visited Africa.

While in Kenya, Secretary Clinton discussed new approaches to development, including an emphasis on investment and broad-based economic growth. The Secretary was 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 delivered a speech at the Ministerial Opening Ceremony for the AGOA Forum, participated in bilateral meetings with Kenya’s senior leaders, discussed global hunger and agricultural issues at a major research institute, and engaged with Kenyan citizens. She also met with Sheikh Sharif Amed, the President of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government.

The Secretary continued her travel with stops in South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Liberia, and Cape Verde. In each nation, she emphasized Africa as a place of opportunity, built on an ethic of responsibility. She underlines America’s commitment to partner with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens to build societies where each individual can realize their potential.

In her bilateral meetings and other events, she encouraged new solutions to old challenges, harnessing the power of innovation and technology to provide a foundation for future stability, human development, and sustainable economic growth. She stressed the importance of facilitating social and economic entrepreneurship, encouraging a new generation of young African scientists, small business leaders, entrepreneurs and civic leaders who are solving real problems and establishing new models for economic success and social advances, with women as full partners in this progress. And she discussed ways to foster good regional governance, partnering with regional leaders to band together to prevent conflict and violence, including gender-based violence, democratic erosions, and transnational threats.

Following her visit to Cape Verde, the Secretary returned to Washington, DC.

Remarks by Secretary Clinton

-08/14/09 Comments Upon Departure From Cape Verde
-08/14/09 Remarks With Prime Minister Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde

-08/13/09 Remarks at Liberian National Police Academy
-08/13/09 Secretary Clinton Meets With Embassy Monrovia Personnel and Their Families
-08/13/09 Address to Joint Session of Liberian National Legislature
-08/13/09 Toast at Lunch Hosted by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
-08/13/09 Remarks With Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

-08/12/09 Interview With Umar Said Tudun Wada of Radio Freedom Kano
-08/12/09 Town Hall With Civil Society Representatives on Good Governance and Transparency
-08/12/09 Remarks at Interfaith Outreach Roundtable
-08/12/09 Interview With Mo Abudu of "Moments with Mo"
-08/12/09 Meet and Greet With Embassy Personnel and Their Families
-08/12/09 Remarks With Nigerian Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe
-08/12/09 Joint Press Availability With Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe
-08/11/09 Briefing En Route Nigeria

-08/11/09 Remarks With Congolese Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe
-08/11/09 Roundtable With NGOs and Activists on Sexual and Gender Base Violence Issues
-08/10/09 Secretary Clinton Meets Wth Embassy Personnel and Their Families
-08/10/09 Town Hall With Search for Common Ground and Congolese University Students 
-08/10/09 Toast at Dinner Hosted by Democratic Republic of the Congo Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito 
-08/10/09 Interview by Jaldeep Katwala of Radio Okapi 
-08/10/09 Interview by Christian Lusakueno of Raga TV
-08/10/09 Comments En Route Kinshasa
-08/10/09 Remarks at the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center

-08/10/09 Remarks at the PEPFAR Signing Ceremony with Angolan Foreign Minister Anjos
-08/10/09 Remarks With Luandan Embassy Employees and Their Families
-08/09/09 Remarks at Witnessing of Signing of Chevron USAID Memorandum of Understanding
-08/09/09 Remarks at Angolan National Assembly
-08/09/09 Toast at Luncheon Hosted by Angolan Foreign Minister Assuncao Afonso dos Anjos
-08/09/09 Remarks With Angolan Foreign Minister Assuncao Afonso dos Anjos

-08/09/09 Op-Ed: "Women Are Drivers of Positive Change"
-08/08/09 Remarks Following Meeting Between Secretary Clinton and President Zuma
-08/08/09 Remarks Following Meeting With Former South African President de Klerk
-08/08/09 Remarks During Visit to Victoria Mxenge Housing Development
-08/07/09 Remarks Following Meeting With Former President Nelson Mandela
-08/07/09 Remarks as Guest of Honor, National Women's Day Dinner
-08/07/09 Remarks at Embassy Meet and Greet
-08/07/09 Remarks at PEPFAR Event With South African Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi
-08/07/09 Remarks With South African Minister of International Relations Nkoana-Mashabane
-08/07/09 Remarks at International Development Corporation Business Event

-08/06/09 Interview With Bill Odidi of Metro FM
-08/06/09 Interview With Fareed Zakaria of CNN 
-08/06/09 Interview With Fatuma Sanbur of IQRA FM
-08/06/09 Interview With Seanice Kacungira of Capital FM
-08/06/09 Embassy Meet and Greet
-08/06/09 Remarks at Wreath Laying at Memorial Park Commemorating Victims of August 7, 1998 Embassy Bombings
-08/06/09 Remarks with Somali Transitional Federal Government President Ahmed
-08/06/09 "Townterview" Hosted by CNN and KTN
-08/05/09 Statement in Nairobi, Kenya
-08/05/09 Interview With Andrea Mitchell of NBC
-08/05/09 Remarks at AGOA Gala Dinner
-08/05/09 Remarks by Secretary Clinton at Launch of the Bilateral Investment Treaty with Mauritius
-08/05/09 Remarks With Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Kenya’s Minister for Agriculture William Ruto at the Kenyan Agriculture Institute
-08/05/09 Remarks at the 8th Forum of the AGOA Act
-08/05/09 Remarks With Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula

Remarks by Assistant Secretary Carson
-08/11/09 Remarks En Route Abuja, Nigeria
-08/06/09 Briefing on Plane En Route Pretoria
-08/04/09 Preview of Secretary Clinton's Trip to Africa
-07/30/09 Briefing on Secretary Clinton's Upcoming Trip to Africa
-07/23/09 Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson and Other State Officials Brief on the Upcoming AGOA Forum

Press Releases
-08/11/09  Background with Senior Official on Secretary's Visit to Goma
-08/10/09  Fact Sheet: Partnering With Angola in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
-08/09/09  Background Briefing With Senior State Department Official in Angola
-08/09/09  Fact Sheet: USAID Partners With Chevron Corporation and the CLUSA To Promote Agricultural Development in Angola
-08/05/09  United States Launches Investment Treaty Negotiations with Mauritius

Related Information
8th AGOA Forum