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US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton Begins Tour of Sub-Saharan Africa U.S Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton begins a seven nation tour of sub-Saharan Africa 4 – 14th August 2009. According to the US State Department “the trip will highlight the Obama’s administration commitment to make Africa a priority in U.S foreign policy.”

In Nairobi, Kenya Mrs Clinton will address the ministerial opening of the AGOA Forum. AGOA is an acronym for the African Growth and Opportunity Act – a U.S Government Trade Act that “significantly enhances U.S market access for (currently) 39 Sub – Saharan Africa (SSA)” source: 2009

The seven sub-Saharan countries are: Kenya, South Africa, Angola, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde

Whilst in Kenya Mrs Clinton will meet Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga and according to the U.S Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs Johnnie Carson, “ she will encourage both of those leaders to move forward with their efforts to rewrite the country’s constitution and to prevent a return to the kind of violence that erupted in that country…”

William Ang’awa note: In the US Department’s transcript Mr Carson is quoted saying “…to prevent a return to the kind of violence that erupted in that country in January and February of 2007 following the very difficult and flawed presidential elections there…” This should actually read January and February 2008 and not 2007. The Kenya Post –Election violence began in December 2007 and continued into 2008 until a Coalition Government was formed.
Further details: Official 8th AGOA Forum Nairobi, Kenya website
United States Department Official website:
Recommend viewing – the video and/or read the press briefing on 30th July 2009 by the U.S Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, available on US State Department website.

Kenya Media:
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation –
Daily Nation – /

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