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.
Secretary Kerry traveled to Colombo, Nairobi, Mogadishu, Djibouti, Riyadh and Paris, May 1-7, 2015. Travel Page»
U.S. and Kenya
Secretary Kerry (May 4): "It's with the reality of our shared interests in mind that I come to Nairobi today to consult with the president and with the foreign minister about the many concerns that we share about our two countries in advance of President Obama's visit in July." Full Text»
Secretary Kerry (Apr. 13): "We believe that Africa has enormous capacity – unique on the planet, really, for both political and economic growth and development and we know that the African Union is going to play an absolutely critical role in shaping that growth and that development." Full Text»
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Secretary Kerry (Feb. 27): "Even prior to the Ebola outbreak, the United States was the largest bilateral donor to Liberia’s health sector, working to increase the health sector capacity." Full Text» Presidential Remarks» Fact Sheet»
U.S. Policy and Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa
Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield (Feb. 25): "We have a lot to talk about today, upcoming elections, the recent AU summit, regional security issues, economic challenges, and let me add, opportunities, because this is a year for tremendous opportunity for the people and the nations of Africa, particularly on the elections front. Many African nations will head to the polls in the next few months, so it’s important for us to talk about the role that a responsible press can, and should, play in supporting free, fair, and peaceful elections." Full Text»
President Obama's Message on the Ebola Virus
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