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Diplomacy in Action


Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 6, 2010


A video message is available here: and YouTube

Congratulations to all of you, the winners of the first ever Apps4Africa competition. Your work to develop 21st century solutions to Africa’s challenges is a powerful example of what individuals can do to shape a dynamic, successful future. I am delighted we have been able to partner with you in this effort.

This contest is a celebration of the vibrant interaction between technology and civil society, all working together to solve the big problems of our time.

And the ideas generated from this competition will help doctors monitor the growth and nutrition of young patients, will help expand trade by translating prices and quantities into local languages, will hold public officials accountable by reporting election violations and tracking public expenditures.

So I want to thank you for lending your innovative spirit and creativity to the enterprise of building a better future for your communities. And for solving real problems. I encourage you to continue building partnerships with others, and bring your ideas to life.

So keep innovating, and keep pursuing your ideas for a better future. There is absolutely no limit to what we can do if we work together.

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