July 14, 2024

Biden Administration Delegation to the Africa Cup of Nations Aims to Strengthen People-to-People Ties

President Joe Biden greets South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Friday, September 16, 2022, and talks about the presidential portraits hanging in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

President Joe Biden Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States (PAC-ADE), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, Global Engagement Center (GEC), and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), has announced a delegation set to attend the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Scheduled for January 11, 2024, the delegation, consisting of Sports Envoys and U.S. officials, aims to leverage the strength of the African diaspora to showcase U.S. investments in Côte d’Ivoire and enhance cultural and economic ties between African communities, the global African diaspora, and the United States.

Leading the delegation are figures such as Chinenye Ogwumike, PAC-ADE Member, Two-Time WNBA All-Star, and ESPN Host; Lisa Leslie, Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Basketball Hall of Famer; Crystal Dunn, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Star; Daniel Kimmage, Principal Deputy Coordinator, GEC; and Deniece Laurent-Mantey, Executive Director, PAC-ADE.

In Abidjan, the delegation plans to engage with government officials, international partners, civil society, and Ivoirian youth, utilizing the unifying power of sports to strengthen ties between Americans and their African partners.

The initiative, announced by President Biden and Secretary Blinken in September 2023, underscores PAC-ADE’s commitment to providing guidance in reinforcing cultural, social, political, and economic ties between the United States and Africa. Additionally, it aims to promote trade, investment, and educational exchanges between the two regions.

As the delegation prepares for this diplomatic mission, the United States said it extends best wishes to the 24 teams competing for the Africa Cup of Nations, recognizing the event’s significance in fostering unity and collaboration on the international stage.

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