Friday, 31 July 2009
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin a seven-nation trip to Africa on 05 August at the 8th US – Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (known as the AGOA Forum) in Nairobi, Kenya.
This trip will highlight the Obama administration’s commitment to making Africa a priority in US foreign policy. This will be the earliest in any US administration that both the President and the Secretary of State have visited Africa.
While in Kenya, Clinton will discuss new approaches to development, including an emphasis on investment and broad-based economic growth. She will be joined in Kenya by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson.
During the visit to Kenya, Clinton will deliver a speech at the ministerial opening ceremony for the AGOA Forum, participate in bilateral meetings with Kenya’s senior leaders, discuss global hunger and agricultural issues at a major research institute, and engage with Kenyan citizens.
She will also meet with Sheikh Sharif Amed, the President of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government.
Clinton will make stops in South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Liberia, and Cape Verde.