Tag: American diplomacy in Africa

MARKS NAMED US AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH AFRICA

By Patrick Burgess

Controversial former Bermuda resident Lana Marks has been confirmed as the American ambassador to South Africa by the US Senate almost a year after President Donald Trump appointed her to the post.

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Northern New York native describes his work as U.S. ambassador to Rwanda

By SUSAN MENDE

A Canton native now serving as the U.S. ambassador to Rwanda described Monday how the small African country has rebounded since a 1994 genocide, during which nearly a million residents were murdered.

Peter H. Vrooman, 53, was joined by his mother Sally Vrooman, Canton, during the luncheon meeting of the Canton Rotary Club at the Best Western University Inn.

“I try to encourage people to visit Rwanda. It’s a very safe country,” Mr. Vrooman said. “It’s a place you can get to; it’s fairly well-served and connected with airports. It’s just a long way to go.”

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Ivanka Trump concludes visit to Ethiopia

By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban

Senior White House advisor and daughter of United States president, Ivanka Trump, concluded her visit to Ethiopia describing the two-day experience as an “incredible trip.” She arrived in the country on Sunday hailing Addis Ababa as the “diplomatic capital of Africa and the continent’s highest city.”

The period of her stay has been packed since arrival through to departure.

In between the period, she savored the acclaimed Ethiopian coffee, signed deals aimed at women empowerment – the reason she embarked on the trip, paid tribute to victims of Boeing 737 MAX accident and met Lucy.

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US Embassy in Nigeria gives verdict on 2019 elections

The US Embassy in Nigeria has expressed disappointment in the quality of the 2019 elections in Nigeria.

The US Embassy said in a statement on Thursday that low turnout of voters, voter intimidation, interference by security forces, vote buying and violence reportedly marred the conduct of the elections in some locations.

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Donald Trump earmarks $60 billion for Africa’s development

The US government has earmarked $60 to fund private sector US investments in Africa through a new Presidential Initiative, called “Prosper Africa,” to support U.S. investment across the continent, improve the business climate, and accelerate the growth of Africa’s middle class.

In support of Prosper Africa, President Donald Trump signed into law the BUILD Act, establishing the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, or IDFC.

US Deputy Secretary of State,
John J. Sullivan, disclosed these facts at an investment luncheon in Luanda, Angola as part of his tour of Africa.

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Pompeo salutes Tunisians on National Day

US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, has sent the regard of the United States Government to the people of Tunisia on the occasion of their 63rd independence anniversary.

He commended the Tunisian people for their dedication to peaceful dialogue, consensus building, and reform through democratic means.

Pompeo pledged that the United States will continue to support Tunisia’s efforts to strengthen its security and develop its economy.

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U.S. congress delegation visits Sudan as demonstration against Bashir increases

A U.S. congress delegation is visiting Sudan to meet with government officials and opposition leaders, ahead of the start of a second phase of dialogue between the two countries.

Sudanese lawmaker Mutwakil Ahmed said in a statement the U.S. delegation, led by Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis, a Republican from Florida, met with Salah Gosh, the head of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services and other officials on Saturday.

A report by the state-run SUNA news service said Gosh told the delegation about “the positive results of the President Al-Bashir recent decisions to maintain the country’s national security and cohesion.”

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US insists relations with South Africa can survive differences

By Peter Fabricius

Washington says major disagreements between the United States and South Africa on issues such as Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Iran, land reform and trade tariffs will not diminish America’s commitment to helping this country.

US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said, as he ended a trip to South Africa last week, that relations between the two countries were strong enough to overcome these differences.

And indeed it seems that relations will need to be strong as more differences could be looming, on possible increases in US import tariffs on South African vehicles and over Washington’s request to Pretoria to extradite the former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang.

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New US envoy seeks empoyerment of Kenyan youth

By Okilipa Saviour

The new United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter has taken sides with Kenyan youth after he remarked that their is need to support them through empowerment programs.

In a post on his official Twitter account, the US envoy who replaced Robert Godec, said empowering the youths will assure the country to its security as they form a critical part of the country’s economy and peace.

“We must empower youth with opportunity to address the security of the nation and ensure a bright future for a prosperous Kenya..,” tweeted McCarter.

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US Ambassador to Ghana Opens Shea Butter Processing Facility for Women

The United States Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan, Thursday, inaugurated a shea butter processing facility that would better the economic opportunities for some 600 women who collect and process shea nuts.

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supported the construction of the facility and warehouse located in Gizaa-Gunda, in the Northern Region.

Shea is a primary source of livelihood for women in northern Ghana, and is one of the few agricultural crops where women control the revenue.

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