Ballots, Bagels, and Brass Bands: Celebrating American Traditions in Kigali
About the Author: Emily Makely serves as Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda.
From late-September through mid-October, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world hosted voting events to help U.S. citizens overseas participate in the 2012 U.S. elections. On September 28, 2012, U.S. Embassy Kigali hosted an “Absentee Voting Week Celebration.” More than 250 U.S. citizens visited the embassy compound to vote, pose for photos next to the ballot box, and hear the Kigali International Community School (KICS) band perform “Grand Old Flag,” “America the Beautiful,” and other American classics.
Students played another important role at the event by training designated official voting assistance volunteers at fvap.gov prior to the event and using their new-found knowledge to volunteer… more »
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Congolese President Joseph Kabila and Rwandan President Paul Kagame in New York, New York on September 24, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative Launch
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 22, 2012
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much. Let me start by thanking Todd Stern, our Special Envoy for Climate Change. I want to introduce to you who you will hear from in a minute, Elizabeth Littlefield, the President and CEO of our Overseas Private Investment Corporation, known as OPIC. Also, Lisa Jackson, the Administrator of our Environmental Protection Agency and an extraordinary advocate on behalf of sustainable development and energy and the environment.
There are so many distinguished guests here from across the world, but I particularly want to welcome the UN representatives and the delegations from South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Rwanda. It is – and Burundi. It is an excellent demonstration of your commitment to the goal of clean energy and the project that we are announcing today. And to all our other partners – especially those of you in the private sector, I thank you for your commitment. MORE.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers opening remarks at the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum to mark Global Economic Statecraft Day at the U.S. Department if State in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Enhancing Africa’s Infrastructure for Trade
About the Author: Paul Marin serves as the Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), where he is responsible for developing the agency’s strategies and assistance activities throughout the region.
This week, I have the honor of participating in the African Growth and Opportunity Act Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum). The theme of the Forum is “Enhancing Africa’s Infrastructure for Trade,” and it’s one that we know very well at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) — it describes what we have been doing in sub-Saharan Africa for over three decades.
Specifically, USTDA helps enhance sub-Saharan Africa’s infrastructure for trade and economic growth by facilitating the participation of U.S. businesses through public-private partnerships in the planning and execution of priority development projects in host countries. Our objectives are to match U.S. technological… more »