Now is the time to invest in Africa

Last month, an outstanding group of over 100 entrepreneurs from sub-Saharan Africa attended the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University. Among many others, they included Habiba Ali, who started a solar energy business in Nigeria; Toussaint Billa, who created a mobile phone application for financial transactions in Gabon; and Naomi Tulay-Solanke, who started a ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of the Interior travel to Gabon

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell arrived in Gabon on Thursday to meet with President Ali Bongo Ondimba and Ministers Regis Immongault and Flore Josephine-Mistoul, engage with Gabonese environmental NGOs, and visit the Wonga-Wongue Presidential Reserve. This visit continues the United States’ work to combat the illegal trade of wildlife products in the United ... Read More»

President Obama Speaks at United Nations Summit

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on what, together, the members of this body have helped to achieve. Out of the ashes of the Second World War, having witnessed the unthinkable power of the atomic age, ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry: Sao Tome and Principe National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principeon the 40th anniversary of your independence on July 12. Sao Tome and Principe and the United States share a commitment to democracy and the rule of law.  Our nations continue ... Read More»

Supporting the U.S.-Africa Partnership Through the AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015

Last week, Congress introduced several bills that are important to the economic future and national security interests of the United States. Central among them is a 10-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, legislation that has served as the cornerstone of the U.S.-African economic relationship and has dramatically expanded U.S trade with Africa ... Read More»

Proclamation on National African American History Month

By The President of the United States of America A Proclamation For generations, the story of American progress has been shaped by the inextinguishable beliefs that change is always possible and a brighter future lies ahead. With tremendous strength and abiding resolve, our ancestors — some of whom were brought to this land in chains ... Read More»

Excerpt from the Remarks by President Obama in State of the Union Address

Full address is at I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership.  We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building; when we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents.  That’s exactly what we’re doing right now.  ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry: International Education Week

The Departments of State and Education celebrate the 15th annual International Education Week November 17-21, 2014. During this week, literally thousands of events will be held around the world to highlight the benefits of global learning and student exchanges. To understand why this is important, we have only to consider the consequences when people lack ... Read More»

2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the President’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in June 2014 for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential ... Read More»
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