Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson's Travel to Africa, January 26 to Feb 10
January 26, 2010
U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson is traveling to Spain, Ethiopia, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria from January 26 to February 10.
In an telephonic interview with Africa Media Hub's Wangui Muchiri, the Assistant Secretary discusses issues that he will address with African leaders, including challenges facing Somalia, the Great Lakes Region and Sudan, as well as policy priorities of the Obama Administration such as economic development and growth, democracy and partnerships with Africa.
Assistant Secretary Carson will begin his travel in Madrid, Spain where he has meetings scheduled with counterparts from the European Union. Spain holds the Presidency of the EU.
Assistant Secretary Carson will go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the African Union Summit. The U.S. delegation is being led by Under Secretary Maria Otero. In addition to the Summit activities, the U.S. delegation will have a number of bilateral discussions with African leadership.
Following the Summit, Assistant Secretary Carson will travel to West Africa beginning in Ghana where he will confer with President Mills, meet with representatives of the business community, and deliver remarks at a regional USAID conference in Accra. In Togo, he is scheduled to meet with President Faure, Prime Minister Houngbo, and Foreign Minister Esaw. Similarly, the Assistant Secretary has meetings in Benin planned with President Yayi and Foreign Minister Ehouzou.
During his trip to Nigeria, Assistant Secretary Carson will visit Lagos and Abuja. In Lagos he will meet with members of civil society and representatives of the state government. Bilaterals with Vice President Goodluck Jonathan and Foreign Affairs Chief Ojo Maduekwe will highlight the Abuja portion of the trip.
An audio interview in three parts
Pt 1. Africa's challenges, US policy, Somalia
(MP3, 5:59 min, 5.6Mb, 128kbps)
Pt 2. Nigeria: aircraft security and terrorism watch list, 'power vacuum' in absence of President
(MP3, 8:10 min, 7.7Mb, 128kbps)
Pt 3. Guinea, Madagascar, Obama Adminstration's support of Africa
(MP3, 8:10 min, 8.6Mb, 128kbps)
Bureau of African Affairs
Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson leads the Bureau of African Affairs, the division of the Department of State that advises the Secretary about sub-Saharan Africa. The Bureau's priority is conflict resolution With U.S. support, since 2002 violent conflicts have ended in Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the North-South element of the Sudan crisis.
The U.S. has provided much of the humanitarian assistance and logistical support and training for African peacekeepers in Darfur and Somalia. At the same time, the U.S. has led by example to confront Africa's worst diseases. The U.S. Government’s fight against AIDS (PEPFAR) is the largest foreign assistance program since the Marshall Plan. The U.S. Government is also confronting malaria and a host of other tropical diseases. In the long term, Africans have established priorities to consolidate democratic gains and sustain broad-based economic growth.
More about the Bureau's activities and US Policy to Africa