Launch of OPIC 2X Africa and African Women’s Economic Empowerment Dialogue

Today, in front of women leaders and entrepreneurs at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Acting President and CEO David Bohigian launched OPIC 2X Africa, a W-GDP initiative, which seeks to directly invest $350 million to help mobilize $1 ...
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Readout from Advisor to the President’s Meeting with African Union Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey and Signing of Communique

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, USAID Administrator Mark Green and Acting OPIC President and CEO Dave Bohigian met with African Union Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey to discuss ways to catalyze the potential of women in the workforce, and the goal of the W-GDP to prioritize women’s empowerment as a key driver to spur economic growth in Africa.  To deepen the United States’- African Union Commission partnership, they renewed a commitment to strengthen women’s ...
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African Union Commission and the United States Commit to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship

AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION AND THE UNITED STATES COMMIT TO ADVANCE WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP Joint Communique   Addis Ababa,15 April 2019: Amb. Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), received Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States of America (USA), at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, ...
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US Statement to PSC on the Prevention of the Ideology of Hate Genocide and Hate Crimes

Statement by the United States to the PSC on the Prevention of the Ideology of Hate, Genocide, and Hate Crimes in Africa April 3, 2019   Excellencies, Good morning. The United States is committed to the prevention of mass atrocities and genocide worldwide. The mass killing of civilians is an affront to our common humanity ...
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Statement by the United States to the Peace and Security Council Open Session, “Climate Change Funding in Line with the Africa Adaptation Initiative”

Statement by the United States to the AU’s Peace and Security Council Open Session, “Climate Change Funding in Line with the Africa Adaptation Initiative” February 19, 2019   The United States recognizes the African Union, as the leading regional organization on the continent, has a significant role to play in advancing climate adaptation efforts.  We ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the Opening of the U.S. – Africa Trade and Investment Forum

Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the opening of the U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Forum (As Delivered) February 11, 2019   Thank you, Florie. Good evening everyone and welcome to Addis.  What an amazing turnout! Your presence here tonight for the launch of the U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Forum is a testament to the fact ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard Delivered at the opening of the African Entrepreneur Forum

Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the African Entrepreneur Forum (As Delivered) Opening Session Simien Room, Second Floor February 11, 2019 8:30 a.m.   Thank you, Chris. Good morning everyone!  For those of you who have traveled from across the continent, welcome to Addis Ababa – the diplomatic capital of Africa! I cannot overstate how ...
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African Entrepreneur Statement Delivered by Selam Wondim at the U.S. – Africa Trade and Investment Forum

African Entrepreneur Statement Delivered at U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Forum  Delivered by Selam Wondim CEO, GroHydro   Excellency Ministers, Excellency Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, Ladies and Gentlemen, My name is Selam Wondim, and I am young, ambitious, and ready to transform my country Ethiopia, and the African continent.  I am the CEO and co-founder of ...
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The United States Sanctions Three Individuals for Threatening Peace in South Sudan

Today, the United States imposed sanctions on three individuals for their roles in the conflict in South Sudan. Israel Ziv and Obac William Olawo were designated by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) for being leaders of entities whose actions expanded or extend the conflict in South Sudan. Gregory Vasili was ...
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Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation between the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union Commission

Today at African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, the United States and the African Union Commission signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) that reaffirms commitment to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). The MOC deepens the existing partnership between the U.S. CDC and Africa CDC by enhancing cooperation in surveillance, ...
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African Union Commission and the United States Commit to Advance Efforts Towards Stability and Development in Africa

Joint Communique November 29, 2019 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The African Union (AU) Commission and the United States of America convened the 6th annual High Level Dialogue at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa. Led by the African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Amb. Kwesi Quartey and the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy, ...
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Opening Remarks of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy at the U.S.-AU High Level Dialogue

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy’s Opening Remarks U.S.-AU High Level Dialogue African Union Commission, Addis Ababa Thursday, November 29, 2018 8:50 a.m. (As prepared for delivery)   Good morning everyone, and I am very pleased to be here in Addis today to join you for this important dialogue. I especially want ...
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Troika Intervention at the IGAD Council of Ministers’ Meeting on South Sudan

                              PRESS RELEASE November 16, 2018 Troika Intervention at the IGAD Council of Ministers’ Meeting on South Sudan The following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States, United Kingdom, and Norway. The members of the Troika (the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom) welcome the progress that has been made ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the Second Annual U.S.-AU CVE Week

Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the Second Annual U.S.-AU CVE Week African Union Commission, Addis Ababa Monday, October 29, 2018   Thank you.  Welcome to Addis, Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism Alina Romanowski. Good morning, everyone.  What a fabulous crowd! It is my distinct honor to be here today to open the Second ...
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TRANSCRIPT: Press Briefing on U.S. policy in Africa with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr.

Africa Regional Media Hub Press Briefing on U.S. policy in Africa with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. via Teleconference, Washington, D.C. October 23, 2018 Audio file: OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the briefing from Assistant Secretary Nagy. At this time all ...
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Statement by Ambassador Leonard at the Open AU PSC Open Session on the Role of Women in Conflict Prevention and Peace building at the Community Level

Mr. Chairperson, distinguished panelists, excellencies, I am very grateful for the opportunity to address this session on the role of women in conflict prevention and peace building. Supporting women’s participation, voice, and empowerment in decision-making about security issues is key to achieving our shared efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability. Last year, when President ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. at Swearing-in Ceremony

Remarks Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs Washington, DC September 17, 2018   Good afternoon distinguished ladies and gentlemen and thank you Mr. Secretary. I am grateful for the many friends, family, and colleagues who are here today – literally from around the nation and the world. And I greatly appreciate the ...
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Tibor P. Nagy, Jr.

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs Term of Appointment: 07/23/2018 to present Ambassador Nagy, a retired career Foreign Service Officer, spent 32 years in government service, including over 20 years in assignments across Africa. He served as the United States Ambassador to Ethiopia (1999-2002), United States Ambassador to Guinea (1996-1999) as well as the Deputy Chief of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the African Peace and Security Annual Conference on “The Autonomy of the African Union in a Changing World”

  Good afternoon! It is my distinct honor to be here today at such an occasion to engage on some of the key issues facing the African continent. In my career I have experienced five transitions of government in the United States. Thus I am aware that times of transition often bring uncertainty and a ...
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Remarks Delivered by Ambassador Leonard at the U.S. – AU Workshop on CVE

Ambassadors and distinguished colleagues, it is my distinct honor to be here today to kick-off fruitful discussions on ways in which the United States and the African Union can collectively work together to prevent and counter the rise of violent extremism in Africa. I would like to extend my appreciation to Director of the African ...
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U.S. – AU Workshop on Countering Violent Extremisim

Building upon the existing U.S.-AU partnership in the areas of peace and security, crisis mitigation, and conflict prevention, the U.S. Mission to the African Union co-hosted a workshop with the AU Commission on preventing and countering violent extremism. The workshop highlighted the use of public diplomacy resources such as exchanges and TechCamps as successful examples ...
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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at ISS Pre-AU Summit Seminar

Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union addressed an audience made up of participants from the diplomatic corps, international organizations, and think tanks based in Addis Ababa, on the United States partnership with the African Union, highlighting shared priorities in the area of peace and security.  Ambassador Leonard discussed in detail ...
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Ambassador Leonard Hosts a Reception on the Occasion of the Launch of Africa CDC

USAU’s Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard hosted a reception at her residence on the occasion of the launch of Africa CDC. The event was attended by officials from WHO, African Union, Gates Foundation, China CDC and China Mission to AU. The most recently appointed Commissioner of Social Affairs H.E. Amira El-Fadil of the African Union was ...
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Ambassador Leonard Presents Art in Embassies Collection at her New Residence

The United States Ambassador to the African Union Mary Beth Leonard presented the Art in Embassies Collection at her official Residence. The event was attended by Ambassadors based in Ethiopia who are also accredited to the AU and UNECA, as well as officials from the African Union Commission. Ambassador Leonard presented the Art in Embassies ...
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Ambassador Leonard Remarks – African Land Forces Summit

General Phiri, General Allyn, Excellency Ghambi, Ambassadors, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is my distinct honor to be in Lilongwe, Malawi to participate in the fifth African Land Forces Summit.  I would like to personally commend the Malawian Defense Forces for hosting this high level event, bringing together Land Forces Chiefs from across Africa ...
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Ambassador Leonard Remarks – Launch of the State of Women’s Rights in Africa Report

Madame Chairperson, Ambassadors, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, It is my distinct honor to be here today to recognize the many advancements made to address gender inequality in Africa and reflect on what more can be done to realize the aspirations of Agenda 2063 towards empowering and developing women and young girls. I would like ...
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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard’s Opening Remarks at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Dr. Desta, thank you for asking me to join the live streaming of the museum’s opening. So excited to be here; I was in Washington for several weeks this summer as I prepared for my Senate hearings and eventual arrival to become the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union.  The museum’s glorious building was already ...
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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard’s Opening Remarks at the Africa – U.S. Partnership Options to Enhance Strategic Cooperation in Challenging Environm

Distinguished colleagues, good morning. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today about the U.S. – AU partnership.  Next month, December 22, to be exact, will mark the 10thanniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Mission to the AU.  We are indeed proud to have been the first non-African Mission dedicated exclusively to ...
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USAU Recognizes Africa CDC Fellows

On Wednesday, Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU), Ambasador Susan D. Page hosted an event to recognize the first cohort of Africa CDC Epidemiologists. U.S. CDC is supporting nine Epidemiologists from AU Member States to staff the Africa CDC. The AU, U.S., China, and other partners are collaborating to provide ...
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IVLP Debrief with Ibraheem Sanusi

International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) participant Mr. Ibraheem Sanusi met with Ambassador Susan D. Page, Chargé D’affaires to the U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU) to share his experiences on his recent visit to the United States. Mr. Ibrhaeem Sanusi, Governance and Democracy analyst, participated in the IVLP program entitled “Managing Conflicts in a ...
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IVLP Debrief with Thiam Nouhou

On June 23, recent International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) participant Mr. Thiam Nouhou met with Ambassador Susan D. Page, Chargé D’affaires to the U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU) to share his experiences on his recent visit to the United states.  Mr. Thiam Nouhou, Senior Policy Officer at Bureau of Chairperson, participated in the ...
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