Hillary Clinton Promotes African Trade, Good Governance

Catholic Relief Services is encouraged by the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to seven African countries over 11 days. We hope the extensive trip, occurring just three weeks after President Barack Obama’s visit to Ghana, demonstrates a growing U.S. commitment to Africa.

“True economic progress in Africa will depend on responsible governments that reject corruption, enforce the rule of law and deliver results for their people.,” Clinton said, according to an Associated Press article in the Washington Post. She made the remarks today at the African Growth and Opportunity Act forum, a U.S. trade conference aimed at increasing trade between Africa and the United States.

Clinton will next head to South Africa, followed by Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde. CRS has been working on the continent for more than 50 years and supports programs in over 30 African countries, including those that Clinton will visit. CRS President Ken Hackett shares the agency’s hopes for a continued U.S. commitment to Africa in a recent article in the Huffington Post.

— Reported by Debbie DeVoe, regional information officer for eastern and southern Africa

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