Monday, April 16, 2018

Book on US & Africa Relations Launched in Accra

 Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater (Rtd.) and Honorable Alan Kyerematen


Thursday, April 12, 2018 

ACCRA, GHANA, – Ghana’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Honorable Alan Kyerematen, today launched a commemorative book on US-Africa engagement under President Obama titled United States and Africa Relations: The Obama Presidency. The ceremony was held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.

The publishers – The Africa Society and AMIP News – first launched the book in Washington, D.C. in January 2017. It is a valuable resource that chronicles the Obama Administration’s historic engagement with Africa. Ghanaian-born Frederick and Beryl Nnoma-Addison head AMIP News in Washington, DC. Frederick is the author and compiler and Beryl is the editor-in-chief of the volume. Ambassador (Ret.) Pamela E. Bridgewater wrote the introduction for the book and is the editorial advisor while Ms. Patricia Baine of the Africa Society is the partnerships manager.
Commenting on the book and the Obama presidency, Honorable Kyerematen said, “I believe that the Obama Administration sent a strong signal to us in Africa that it is time for Africa to take its rightful place in the global landscape in terms of economic development.” Honorable Kyeremanten expressed concerns about continued deprivation on the continent, although according to him, “Africa possesses almost 60 percent of the world’s natural resources and a fifth of the world’s forest resource.” He was however optimistic that various initiatives being undertaken by some African leaders will propel the continent’s economic growth.

Kyerematen emphasized that Africans will, “continue to understand and believe in ourselves and work with the United States through initiatives such as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, (AGOA). I believe that we can leverage our mutual benefits and resources for the collective interest of our people,” he added.

Present to support him were former U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and The Africa Society’s Board Chair and CEO, Ambassador Pamela E. Bridgewater; Mr. Joe Mensah, President of the American Chamber of Commerce (Ghana); and United States ChargĂ© d’affaires, a.i. Ms. Melinda Tabler-Stone. The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and friends, Mr. Pakwo Shum and Mr. Chris Edusei; AMIP News; and the American Chamber of Commerce – Ghana (Sponsor) hosted the event.

During her remarks, Ambassador Bridgewater stressed the importance of record keeping. “It is important for us as a people to talk about and record what we do. If we don’t keep an accurate report of what took place, those things will be lost,” she said. She disclosed Ghana was chosen for the Africa launch of the book due to the special relationship the two countries have.


About The Africa Society

The Africa Society, based in Washington, D.C. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. It has a long-standing and warm relationship with Ghana, including the production in 2005 of the documentary film Ghana: The Presidential Tour with Discovery Networks, part of The Presidential Tour Series. This Emmy-nominated series highlighted African countries through an in-depth informational, touristic journey. The Ghana documentary film featured then-president John Agyekum Kufuor. Pamela Bridgewater was the United States Ambassador to Ghana when Delta Airlines included Ghana: The Presidential Tour as an in-flight film option on its New York-Accra route.

Additionally, the Ghana Embassy in Washington, DC has been a valued partner and host of The Africa Society’s Ambassador Andrew Young Africa Lecture Series, featuring individuals who have contributed to enhancing U.S.-Africa relations. In August 2014, The Africa Society received the African Diaspora Bridge Builders award from Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett on behalf of the Accra-based Diaspora African Forum.

For 16 years, The Africa Society has actively and successfully fulfilled its mission to educate and advocate for Africa through education-based initiatives about the African continent and peoples. Upon assuming duties at The Africa Society in 2017, Ambassador Bridgewater and the Board decided to expand The Africa Society’s education mandate by chronicling programs and policies of U.S. presidential administrations and is pleased to partner with AMIP News on its first volume.

Former leaders of The Africa Society and special friends of Ghana include the late Leonard Robinson, Ambassador Andrew Young (first Board Chair), and Bernadette Paolo. The current president is Patricia Baine. Members of the Board of Directors are Ambassador Sue K. Brown, Mamadou Beye, Dr. Leroy Gross, former Ghanaian Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Kwame Bawuah-Edusei, Malcolmn Pryor, Powell Holly, and Deirdre Powell White.

Teach Africa, The Africa Society’s flagship program, is an innovative Africa-education initiative. The program has presented Africa-education seminars and materials to more than 12,000 students throughout the U.S., as well as trained and oriented over 4,200 administrators and educators. The Teach Africa has reached over 100 million people globally.


About AMIP News

Africa Media-Image Project, Inc. (AMIP) is a U.S.-based, education-oriented, multi-media organization working to bridge the information gap between the United States and African countries. Through its subsidiaries AMIP News (www.amipnewsonline.org) and AMIP Productions, the organization covers and distributes news that is specific to U.S.-Africa relations. AMIP News is the only Washington, D.C.-based media outlet dedicated to U.S. and Africa Relations. It is also and the new publisher of Invest in Africa, an official biannual, premium magazine of the African Union Mission in Washington, DC.

The organization is also responsible for publishing the following commemorative books: The United States & Ghana (2010/2012) and The United States & Nigeria (2010). In 2009, AMIP News covered, produced, and broadcasted a documentary film on Ghana’s President John Kufuor’s state visit to the Bush White House. AMIP uses such innovative media products and publications to correct misinformation about Africa and address media stereotypes. The organization’s operations is overseen by an international board of educators, broadcasters, authors, and Africanists resident in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Ghana.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to Visit the US

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2018

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to the White House on April 30, 2018.  President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region.  The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity.

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Asst. Sec. Carl Risch Travels to Morocco, Nigeria, and Ethiopia

Office of the Spokesperson
Department of State
Washington, DC
April 13, 2018

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel to Morocco, Nigeria, and Ethiopia from April 15–21. While in Morocco and Ethiopia, Assistant Secretary Risch will meet with counterparts to discuss a range of consular issues including international legal obligations to accept the return of nationals who have been ordered removed and children’s issues.

The Assistant Secretary plans to review consular operations at our U.S. Consulates General in Casablanca and Lagos, and our U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa. He will also meet with interagency partners.

The United States is committed to long-term engagement with Morocco, Nigeria, and Ethiopia on a variety of consular issues, including efficient and equitable visa processing, protecting U.S. citizens overseas, working together on intercountry adoptions, and preventing and resolving international parent child abduction cases.

Friday, April 13, 2018

US Issues Statement on Military Aircraft Crash in Algeria

Heather Nauert
Department of State Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 11, 2018

We were saddened to learn about the crash of an Algerian military aircraft this morning. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of today’s tragedy, as well as our partners and colleagues in the Algerian military. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Algerian people and government in this time of sorrow.

US Lifts Travel Restrictions for Chad

Heather Nauert
Department of State Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 10, 2018

President Donald J. Trump announced today the lifting of travel restrictions for Chadian nationals following a period of review in which the Government of Chad improved their identity-management and information sharing practices.

On September 24, following an extensive review and engagement period with countries around the world, the President signed Proclamation 9645 that directed the Departments of State and Homeland Security to restrict the entry of certain nationals of countries identified as deficient in their identity-management and information sharing practices, subject to limited exceptions and waivers on a case-by-case basis, in order to protect the security and welfare of the United States. The September 24 Presidential Proclamation has been fully implemented since December 8, 2017.

Chad is a critical and vital partner to the U.S. counterterrorism mission. Chad has made significant strides and now meets the baseline criteria established in the Presidential Proclamation. For this reason, the travel restrictions placed on Chad are terminated effective April 13. Its citizens will again be able to receive visas for travel to the United States.

We welcome the improved practices by the Chadian authorities, which demonstrate a clear off ramp for countries placed on the travel restriction list. These improvements will improve security for the people of Chad and the United States.

The United States looks forward to further cooperation with Chad on security, good governance, health, and economic development.

US Issues Statement on Presidential Elections in Sierra Leone

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Heather Nauert
Department of State Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 9, 2018

The United States congratulates the people of Sierra Leone on its peaceful presidential elections held on March 31. The election proves the strength and resilience of Sierra Leone’s democracy, and we look forward to working with President Julius Maada Bio to further strengthen our bilateral relationship.

We commend the National Electoral Commission for administering an orderly, well-managed process. We also recognize the important role Sierra Leone’s political parties and civil society organizations played in the elections. We welcome the statements by international and domestic observer missions affirming the credibility of the election. We would also like to recognize Presidential candidate Samura Kamara for his campaign and his gracious concession, and President Ernest Bai Koroma for his commitment to an orderly and timely political transition.

We look forward to advancing our longstanding mutual interests in economic development, trade, health care, and the strengthening of democratic institutions.

US Issues Statement Commemorating 24th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

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John J. Sullivan
Acting Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 7, 2018

We stand today with the people of Rwanda in commemorating the 1994 genocide during which more than 800,000 men, women, and children were brutally murdered. On this solemn occasion, we remember those who lost their lives and honor the courage of those who risked their lives to save others.

The United States values its strong partnership with Rwanda, and we are inspired by the remarkable progress that Rwanda has made in rebuilding since 1994. We are proud to support Rwanda as it continues to fight impunity for atrocities, lift millions of its people out of poverty, and build a peaceful and prosperous future for its citizens.

We also honor the contributions of Rwandans such as Godelieve Mukasarasi, recipient of the Department’s 2018 International Woman of Courage Award, who have dedicated their lives to fighting for a culture of peace and non-violence in Rwanda. We are inspired by their bravery and dedication to justice and reconciliation.