May 29, 2024

President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement Inaugurated to Strengthen U.S.-Africa Ties

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2023. [State Department photo by Freddie Everett
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2023. [State Department photo by Freddie Everett

The President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States (PAC-ADE) was officially sworn in during a significant ceremony today. Vice President Harris administered the oath of office to the inaugural members, who are poised to play a pivotal role in fostering dialogue between U.S. officials and the African Diaspora.

Comprising a diverse group of individuals representing various fields, including government, sports, creative industries, business, academia, social work, and faith-based activities, the members of PAC-ADE collectively embody the rich tapestry of the African Diaspora within the United States. Their careers and experiences have already left an indelible mark on U.S.-Africa relations.

The inaugural plenary session meeting, held in conjunction with the swearing-in ceremony, provided a platform for U.S. government officials and PAC-ADE members to engage in substantive discussions. Key topics on the agenda included strategies to enhance African diaspora engagement in the United States, the implementation of U.S. commitments resulting from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, efforts to advance equity and opportunities for African diaspora communities, and the strengthening of cultural, social, political, and economic ties between African communities, the global African diaspora, and the United States.

One of the core objectives of PAC-ADE is to leverage diaspora connectivity for collaboration between the public and private sectors. The council aims to explore ways in which the African diaspora can actively contribute to various sectors, promoting mutually beneficial partnerships.

The event welcomed esteemed guests, including Members of Congress, civil society leaders, and prominent voices from the African diaspora community. Their participation underscored the importance of collaboration and dialogue to foster enduring connections between the United States Government and the African diaspora.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken expressed his eagerness to work closely with the Advisory Council to strengthen ties between the U.S. government and the African diaspora. The establishment of PAC-ADE signals a commitment to deepening engagement, promoting inclusivity, and harnessing the expertise and influence of the African diaspora in shaping the future of U.S.-Africa relations.

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