Africa: Briefing On Obama's Trip to Three African Countries

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Then later that day, the President will host a town hall at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto. This is going to be a continuation of the President's Young African Leaders Initiative. You may recall that the President launched this initiative when he hosted African leaders from across the continent at his town hall meeting at the White House, with the idea being that we need to reach the next generation of African leaders in civil society, in entrepreneurship, in journalism. And the State Department carried forward a program that connects African leaders across the continent to one another and to the United States. And it's been one of the more exciting initiatives that we've had in terms of people-to-people programs. And this will carry that initiative forward. And so he'll be speaking to young African leaders about the U.S. investment in deepening ties with young people not just in South Africa but across the continent.

Following the town hall meeting, the President will have a bilateral meeting with the Chairwoman of the African Union, again focused on strengthening mutual organizations across Africa, with the African Union, of course, being the most prominent one on the continent. And so they'll have the opportunity to discuss the agenda in the United States with the AU.

Then that night there will be an official dinner that President Zuma will host for President Obama.

I'll also add that the First Lady on this day -- she will have tea with the wife of the South African President, Mrs. Thobeka Madiba-Zuma. Later in the afternoon, the First Lady will also hold remarks and participate in a discussion with youth, and this will be an opportunity for her to meet with high-school-age young people in South Africa. I'd add that the First Lady in her last trip to South Africa met with young people. And this continues her focus on education, youth, and women and girls around the world.

This event that the First Lady is participating in develops a theme organized in conjunction with MTV Base, which is an African youth and music television channel, as well as with (inaudible.) And the First Lady will be joined at the Sci Bono Discovery Center by teenagers from across South Africa, as well as students who will be able to join virtually from cities across the United States via Google+ Hangout, including in Los Angeles, California, Kansas City, Missouri, New York City, and Houston, Texas.

And so this is an opportunity to connect young people in the United States with young people in Africa to discuss our shared future. We'll also be covering this live not just on White, but on our Google+ page and MTV Base.

And then that night, the First Lady will join the President for the official dinner.

The next day, the First Family will fly to Cape Town in the morning. They will visit Robben Island and have the opportunity to take in the remarkable history there and pay tribute to the extraordinary sacrifices made by Nelson Mandela in his pursuit of freedom for the people of South Africa as well as so many other figures in the anti-apartheid movement.

Following the visit to Robben Island, the President will visit a community center with Archbishop Desmond Tutu -- a community center that focuses in part on health, and this will be an opportunity for the President to hear firsthand about the important efforts that are being made by the Archbishop, but also by people across South Africa that come up with community-oriented solutions to health care challenges, but also to discuss our own global health agenda, much of which has been focused on combating preventable diseases, HIV/AIDS, and carrying forward the very good work that's been done for many years to improve not just -- combat disease, but to improve public health systems in South Africa and across the continent.

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