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 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»

Date: 11/08/2018 Description: A worker at the 400kv Nkhoma Substation, part of MCC's $350.7 million compact with Malawi. - State Dept Image

Women Are Powering Change in Malawi

Empowering women in Malawi is helping to power the country, and as its five-year compact with the country comes to a close the Millenium Challenge Corporation is proud to have played a role in cementing new opportunities for women in the future. DipNote»

Date: 10/31/2018 Description: South African youths smile as they look out of a window at Monato Intermediate school in Rustenburg, South Africa. - State Dept Image

The Future Belongs to Africa

Assistant Secretary Nagy sets out four themes for his engagement on this trip: promoting trade and stronger commercial ties betwen the U.S. and Africa, harnessing the potential of Africa's youth, advancing peace and security, and reaffirming our unwavering commitment to the continent and it's people. DipNote»

Date: 2018 Description: State Dept Logo - State Dept Image

Travel to U.K., France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria

While traveling October 29 to November 10, Assistant Secretary Nagy will focus on promoting stronger trade and commerical ties between the U.S. and Africa, harnessing the potential of Africa's youth, advancing peace and security through partnerships, and converying the U.S.'s unwavering commitment to Africa. More»

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Briefing on U.S. policy in Africa

Assistant Secretary Nagy (Oct. 23): "I will do everything I can to encourage American businesses to invest in Africa ... but the responsibility also lies on the African side to put environments in place which are transparent, which give everybody an an equal chance at the contract, where if an investor has a business dispute ... that both parties receive equal justice." Full Text»