Launching the Africa Regional Media Hub in Johannesburg

Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Michael Pelletier, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer, and Spokesperson for the Bureau of African Affairs Hilary Renner speak with 21 visiting journalists at the U.S. Department of State Africa Regional Media Hub in Johannesburg, South Africa, November 1, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Mike Hammer serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

When asked by a Tanzanian journalist earlier this month about U.S. policy in Africa, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson highlighted the President’s Policy Directive for sub-Saharan Africa and said the United States wants “to develop our friendship with Africa based on mutual respect, mutual interest, mutual responsibility. We want to base it on a partnership and not patronage.”

To this end, in just the last few months, journalists from around the continent have joined U.S. policymakers via the Africa Media Hub to discuss a broad array of topics that include trade, investment, security, health, food security, humanitarian aid, and press freedom. Today, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, addressed journalists while in Nairobi… more »