Bureau of African Affairs

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The Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs is 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 more about the mission of the Bureau of African Affairs here.


Date: 07/26/2018 Description: Seal © Department of StateU.S. Global Leadership Coalition Dinner

Assistant Secretary Nagy (Feb. 9): "The Administration recently unveiled a new Africa Strategy and we are re-calibrating our engagement on the continent. Overall, we want a more resilient continent that is growing economically -- an Africa that looks increasingly to the private sector to create jobs for its youth and spur economic development.” Full Text»


Date: 07/26/2018 Description: Seal © Department of StateAPLU Board Dinner

Assistant Secretary Nagy (Feb. 6): "Education is key. That being said, I want to emphasize that the United States’ APLU universities are ideal partners for African higher education, and how important land-grant universities are to the African model.” Full Text»


Date: 07/26/2018 Description: Seal © Department of StateCSIS Democratic Republic of the Congo Dinner

Assistant Secretary Nagy (Jan. 30): "[The D.R.C.] just had a historic peaceful transition of power, the first time in 60 years a president has changed hands with minimal bloodshed. It faces many challenges, not least of which is the Ebola crisis. It is a country literally and figuratively at the center of African politics, and what happens there can and will influence the rest of Africa in many ways.” Full Text»


Date: 07/26/2018 Description: Seal © Department of StateChiefs of Mission Conference

Assistant Secretary Nagy (Jan. 14): "And thank you for the great leadership you are showing out in the field from reporting on critical bilateral and regional issues to advancing our key national interests on human rights, good governance, health, humanitarian response, advancing the role of women in society, promoting trade and commercial interests, and supporting peace and security operations.” Full Text»


Date: 07/26/2018 Description: Seal © Department of StateAssistant Secretary Nagy’s Congressional Testimony on the Nigerian Elections

Assistant Secretary Nagy (Dec.13): "In advance of the 2019 elections, the U.S. government continues to support the Nigerian goal of free, fair, transparent, and peaceful elections that reflect the will of the Nigerian people.” Full Text»


Date: 07/26/2018 Description: Seal © Department of StateAssistant Secretary Nagy’s Testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Promoting U.S. Interests in Africa

Assistant Secretary Nagy (Dec.12): "The United States has an unwavering commitment to [Africa], shown through our long-standing partnerships and support for good governance, security, human rights and economic growth, and provision of humanitarian assistance.” Full Text»


Date: 12/10/2018 Description: U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Senegalese Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne attend the Millennium Challenge Cooperation (MCC) Signing Ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on December 10, 2018.[State Department photo by Michael Gross/ Public Domain] - State Dept ImageOn Senegal's Millennium Challenge Compact

Secretary Pompeo (Dec.10): "I congratulate Senegal on the signing of its MCC Compact. The $550 million Senegal Power Compact will modernize and strengthen Senegal's power sector to increase economic growth and reduce poverty through improved access to electricity." Full Text» Readout» DipNote»


Date: 11/27/2018 Description: 2018 DREAMS Report -- Dreaming of an AIDS-Free Future. © PEPFAR ImageLatest Lifesaving PEPFAR Results

Nov. 27: In advance of World AIDS Day 2018, Secretary Pompeo announced the latest results achieved by U.S. leadership and partnerships through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has now saved more than 17 million lives. Report» DipNote» More»