United States Congress (Washington, DC)

22 May 2013

Africa: Rep. Bass Statement on President's Travel to Africa

Washington, DC — Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa released the following statement after the White House announced President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania next month:

“President Obama’s travel to sub-Saharan Africa presents an opportunity to reinforce our deep and growing ties with the continent.  I’m optimistic a Presidential visit including that of the First Family will shine a bright and positive light on many Administration accomplishments that often go under reported.

Among these successes include Feed the Future, which works to empower African nations in addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty as well as the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program that is helping to build the next generation of female African business leaders.

The President’s visit will follow a month after a truly transformative time for Africa’s future.

On May 25th, African nations convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to celebrate 50 years of African unity.

As we look toward the next 50 years of a rising continent, I’m excited that regional leaders from both the public and private sectors will have an opportunity to dialogue with President Obama upon his June visit and discuss strategies to solidify a foundation for a more prosperous and peaceful sub-Saharan Africa.”

Rep. Karen Bass represents the 37th Congressional District, which includes Los Angeles, Century City, and Culver City and was the 67th Speaker of the California Assembly. Rep. Bass serves as the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.

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