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Hillary Clinton may visit Cape Verde 28 Julho 2009

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may visit Cape Verde on the last leg of a trip that will take her to seven different African countries beginning on August 5. The tour is intended to reinforce US President Barack Obama’s commitment to making Africa a priority in American foreign policy.

According to news website visaonews, the American Secretary of State will speak at the opening of the AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) Forum in Kenya on the first stop on her tour, and will discuss issues related to development, investments and economic growth with Kenyan leaders.

Clinton will also hold bilateral meetings with Kenyan leaders to discuss problems such as world hunger, farming and others affecting the country and the continent. She will also meet with the president of Somalia’s Federal Transition Government, Sheikh Sharif Amed.

The US Secretary of State will then visit South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde. She will be accompanied by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vlisack, Commercial Representative Ron Kirk and Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnny Carson.

In each one of these countries, Hillary Clinton will emphasize that Africa is a continent of opportunities, built on ethic principles of responsibility. She will also “underline the commitment of the U.S. to work with governments, the private sector, NGOs and private citizens to build societies where each individual can realize their potential,” according to a State Department communiqué.

In the bilateral meetings and other events, Hillary Clinton will encourage new solutions to be sought for old challenges, and will give incentive to take advantage of the power of innovation and technology to provide a foundation for stability, human development and sustainable economic development.

The representative of President Barack Obama will also highlight the importance of facilitating social and economic entrepreneurship, encouraging a new generation of African scientists, small business owners and civic leaders who are helping to resolve Africa’s real problems.

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