Trump’s top diplomat for Africa travels to Cameroon, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda

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President Donald Trump‘s top diplomat for Africa would be traveling to Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda from March 4–22, 2019. 

The United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Mr Tibor Nagy, would also be making two stops in Belgium and France.

“He will promote stronger business ties between the United States and Africa, engage Africa’s vibrant youth, strengthen partnerships that aim for greater peace and security, and reinforce the United States’ commitment to the people and nations of Africa,” the U.S. Department of State said in a statement.

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Secretary Mike Pompeo swears in Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, 17 September 2018.

Mr. Nagy will discuss shared objectives for Africa’s security, prosperity, and self-reliance with key partners and media in Europe during stops in Paris and Belgium.

“While in Kampala March 7–8, Assistant Secretary Nagy will meet with senior Ugandan government officials.  On March 9–11, he will discuss ways to create greater opportunities for American investors with representatives from the American business community in Kigali, in addition to meeting with senior Rwandan officials. 

“In the DRC March 13–15, he will engage NGOs, civil society, and the new DRC government on a range of issues to include strengthening regional stability, promoting good governance, combatting corruption, strengthening commercial ties, and supporting the response to the Ebola outbreak in the eastern DRC. 

“On March 17–18, Assistant Secretary Nagy will visit a U.S.-owned firm in Cameroon, discuss Cameroon’s role as a regional partner with government officials, and meet civil society.  He will meet with members of the U.S. government’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders, the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), in multiple countries,” the statement added.

Most of the countries Mr Nagy would be visiting in Africa were colonized by France, which still has a big influence over them.

This could explain why Mr Nagy would be stopping in France, especially with security and political challenges facing the continent in Cameroon and DRC.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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