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U.S. GOVERNMENT EVENTS , STATEMENTS , AND ARTICLES - A weekly compilation by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS)
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Clinton at Launch of U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro on the launch of the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative.
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Fact Sheet: MCC's Commitment to Freedom of Information

The Millennium Challenge Corporation values the free flow of information. Access to information increases political transparency, educates citizens, provides information to consumers, and gives citizens an outlet through which they can voice opinions and ideas. A commitment to a free press, freedom of information laws and unfiltered internet access is an investment in the long-term progress of any society. The importance of citizen access to information in these diverse ways can be seen as the basis for the open data movement, the tools of organization in the Arab Spring and in studies showing that simply providing information to citizens can improve outcomes from health to lower electricity consumption.

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U.S. Support Aids Hunt for Central African Rebel Group

U.S. Support Aids Hunt for Central African Rebel Group | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it

STUTTGART, Germany, June 22, 2012 – The U.S. military is just one part of a larger, multinational effort to help four African partner nations bring rebel leader Joseph Kony and senior members of his brutal Lord’s Resistance Army to justice, said Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of U.S. Africa Command.

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U.S. Trade Official's Closing Remarks at AGOA Forum

The United States looks forward to “continuing our important discussions on AGOA, and to developing clear steps to enhance the U.S.-sub-Saharan Africa trade relationship beyond AGOA, at next year’s Forum in Ethiopia,” says Deputy U.S.
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MCC Fact Sheet on Reinstated Compact with Malawi

The Millennium Challenge Corporation releases a fact sheet June 21 about its reinstated compact with Malawi, which focuses on revitalizing the country's power sector.
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USTR Kirk on Future of African Growth and Opportunity Act

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk speaks at the Brookings Institution on the future of the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
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Egypt Facing "Crucial Time," U.S. Says

Egypt Facing "Crucial Time," U.S. Says | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it
Egypt's military rulers need to swiftly complete their country's democratic transition process "and give all of us, starting with their own people, confidence," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says.
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Ham: Africa Presents Opportunity, Challenges

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STUTTGART, Germany, June 19, 2012 – For decades, Africa was arguably the most overlooked continent on the globe, with U.S. military involvement there shared among three combatant commands and engagement activities episodic at best. But five years since the standup of U.S. Africa Command, its commander called Africa a land of great opportunity, but he also said the continent presents threats not only to the immediate region, but to the United States and its interests as well.

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U.S., Mauritius Agree on Trade Principles for Info Technology

U.S., Mauritius Agree on Trade Principles for Info Technology | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it

Washington — A negotiating team led by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has reached an agreement with Mauritius on a set of nonbinding trade-related principles for information and communication technology (ICT) services. The United States and Mauritius will jointly promote the adoption of these principles by other countries.

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West African Animal Health Specialists Deepen Skills in First Joint USDA-USAID-AFRICOM Workshop

West African Animal Health Specialists Deepen Skills in First Joint USDA-USAID-AFRICOM Workshop | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it

BANJUL, The Gambia,  Jun 19, 2012 — In the first such workshop hosted jointly by U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), lab technicians and epidemiologists from five West African nations gathered June 4-8, 2012, in Banjul ,The Gambia, to learn techniques and share insights around combating transboundary animal diseases.

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Assistant Secretary Carson: Africa’s Development Is Top US Priority | Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Assistant Secretary Carson: Africa’s Development Is Top US Priority | Africa Center for Strategic Studies | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it

The top U.S. diplomat for Africa told a group of senior African security leaders that development is among the highest priorities for U.S. foreign policy on the continent. “Nowhere else in the world is development more critical to our engagement than in Africa,” Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told a room full of decision-makers on June 18, 2012, the first day of a two-week seminar hosted in Arlington, Virginia, by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS).

Watch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzzmvvC-8e4&feature=player_embedded

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Strategy Guides Africa Engagement, Defense Official Says

The U.S. military is working with partner forces in Africa to build security on the continent, the Pentagon’s senior Africa expert said today.

In her keynote speech today, Amanda J. Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs, told attendees at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies’ senior leader seminar that U.S. defense efforts in sub-Saharan Africa closely follow the White House’s newly announced strategy for that region.

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Public-Private Partnerships Needed for African Infrastructure

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says governments working with private companies can build 21st-century transportation systems in Africa.
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Secretary Clinton on Mozambique’s Independence Day

“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Mozambique as you celebrate the 37th anniversary of your independence this June 25,” says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham...
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‘Dagger Brigade’ to Align with Africom in 2013

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2012 – As part of an effort to regionally align Army forces with specific unified combatant commands, a Kansas-based brigade will begin serving in March as the go-to force for U.S. Africa Command, Army officials said yesterday.

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Hearing Details - House Committee on Foreign Affairs - The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Ensuring Success

Hearing Details - House Committee on Foreign Affairs - The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Ensuring Success | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it

June 20, 2012 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs

The joint hearing examines the African Growth and Opportunity Act, with a specific focus on the soon-to-expire critical third country fabric provision.      

Witnesses: Stephen Hayes, The Corporate Council on Africa; Paul Ryberg, African Coalition for Trade; Anthony Carroll, Manchester Trade, Ltd.; Jaswinder Bedi, African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation; The Honorable Edward R. Royce, Chairman, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade; The Honorable Christopher H. Smith, Chairman, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights.

Video and testimony: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearings/view/?1447

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Forging partnerships a continent away

Forging partnerships a continent away | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it
The largest military communications exercise on the African continent kicked off June 18 during a ceremony at the Douala Naval Base. Africa Endeavor, an annual communications joint exercise sponsored by U.S.
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MCC Reinstates Malawi Compact

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The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announces that it will reinstate its compact with Malawi, which was suspended in March because of a pattern of undemocratic actions by the country’s government.
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State Department on Crackdown on Demonstrators in Sudan

The State Department spokeswoman says that the United States is “deeply concerned” by the crackdown by the Sudanese authorities on peaceful demonstrators in Khartoum.
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Malawian Dairy Farmers Receive Major U.S. Grant

Malawian Dairy Farmers Receive Major U.S. Grant | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it
The U.S. African Development Foundation June 15 announced a $1 million investment grant to Malawi’s dairy sector at the 11th U.S.-Sub-Saharan African Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, also known as the AGOA Forum.
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Humanitarian Crises Create Tough Year for Global Refugees

Humanitarian Crises Create Tough Year for Global Refugees | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it
“Suffering on an epic scale” led to the greatest forced displacement of people the world has seen since 2000. So finds the U.N. High Commissioner of Refugees in its assessment of global trends for World Refugee Day.
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African Women Entrepreneurs Build Ties, Share Tips

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Washington — Women entrepreneurs from 37 African nations convened in Washington for the third meeting of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), which runs from June 3 to 23. Representing a colorful variety of cultures, customs and languages, the nearly 50 AWEP delegates all had two things in common: entrepreneurial experience, and a dedication to improving communities through business.

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U.S.-Based Entrepreneurs Compete to Spur Economic Development in African Countries

U.S.-Based Entrepreneurs Compete to Spur Economic Development in African Countries | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it
From June 22-23, approximately 40 entrepreneurs will compete for an investment of up to $70,000 in their business at the African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM) II.
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Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 12.2 Marines participate in crisis response training

Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 12.2 Marines participate in crisis response training | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it
Reserve Marines and sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-12.2 participated in familiarization fire and sustainment exercises with crew served machine guns and non-lethal weapons systems June 8-9, 2012.
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AGOA Session Highlights Civil Society’s Importance to Prosperity

AGOA Session Highlights Civil Society’s Importance to Prosperity | AFRICA CENTER SECURITY ROLLUP | Scoop.it
The 11th AGOA Forum brings together civil society leaders to evaluate AGOA’s impact on ordinary people and discuss ways to better educate them about the trade act’s benefits.
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