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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.

U.S. Government Response to the Ebola Virus

USAID leads the U.S. Government's response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Our priority is combating and containing the virus at its source. USAID» More»

On August 11, 2015 the State Department, the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program and MRIGlobal unveiled first of-their-kind biocontainment units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, GA. This unique public-private partnership brought together diverse resources and advanced thinking to develop the next generation of biocontainment, greatly improving U.S. medevac capability and better preparing us for global health threats in the future.  DipNote»

U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 30): "Nigeria is an extraordinary country. It has huge potential, a very rich culture. And it is finding very vibrant expression in every branch of the arts." Full Text» More»


Addressing the Drought in Ethiopia

USAID Administrator Smith (Mar. 3): "We are going to...deploy what we call a disaster assistance response team. This is a group of experts that allows us to take a response that has been robust to date but to accelerate and expand it." Full Text» More»

U.S.-Central African Republic Relations

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 2): "We wanted to really underscore the importance to the United States of our relationship and particularly our admiration for the efforts of President Samba-Panza, who has really helped to set an example for stewardship, for responsible transfer of power."  Full Text»

U.S. and Angola

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 18): "Angola has been a trying to help resolve the problems of neighboring states. I am confident today we will focus significantly on the challenge of Burundi, the violence that is breaking out there in the region." Full Text»

U.S.-South Africa Relations

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 16): "South Africa is playing an increasingly important global role, a very important leadership role on the continent of Africa, and, we are pleased to say, an important cooperative role together with the United States." Full Text» Press Availability»

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Secretary Kerry (Sept. 2): "PEPFAR is now serving antiretroviral treatment for 7.7 million men, women, and children. And at the U.S. Africa Leaders’ Summit, I was proud to announce the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment Initiative. It will put life-saving treatment within the reach for another 300,000 children." Full Text» More»

President Obama Travels to Kenya and Ethiopia

President Obama traveled to Kenya to hold bilateral meetings and participate in the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on July 25-26.  Following Kenya, President Obama traveled to Ethiopia on for bilateral meetings with the Government of Ethiopia and with the leadership of the African Union.  His trip built on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and continued our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya and Ethiopia, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security.  This was President Obama’s fourth trip to sub-Saharan Africa during his presidency.  Presidential Remarks» Fact Sheets» Blog Posts» Welcome to Kenya Video» More»



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