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Afr ican Gr tunity For um 2006 African Groowt wthh and Oppor Opportunity orum own development. America shares and supports your aspirations and we are committed to helping you realize them. Our policy toward Africa is rooted in partnership not in paternalism, in doing things with the peoples of Africa not for the peoples of Africa. A keystone of our approach is this African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA, which represents America’s strong bipartisan support for Africa’s development and prosperity. AGOA is founded on irrefutable facts about how to fight poverty effectively. It is a fact that real development is only possible when economies are expanding and creating jobs. It is a fact that economic growth is driven by hardworking entrepreneurial citizens who are free to compete and trade in open markets. And of course, though the state cannot create economic growth, it is a fact that the government can and must ensure the political conditions of prosperity: transparent and accountable governance, the rule of law, property rights and investment in people. Thank you very much.
These are the requirements for membership in AGOA, requirements that have been met by the 37 sub-Saharan African countries who are gathered here today. As a result of AGOA, the United States and Africa are prospering together. The United States remains Africa’s great partner in trade and in assistance. While oil remains a source of our expanding trade relationship, last year we also saw impressive growth in sectors like agriculture and machinery and electronics. These gains were driven in part by our African Global Competitiveness Initiative, a $200 million program which President Bush announced last year to help African companies reach their full potential through free trade.
Secr Secree t ar aryy Condoleezza Rice
Since Jendayi told you something about me that you might not know, I have to tell you something about Jendayi that you might not know. Jendayi, in fact, was my student at Stanford University when she was a sophomore. And she was sitting in the back of the class and she already had a strong interest in Africa and over the years I want to say that I’ve learned more about Africa from her than probably she has from me. Jendayi, thank you for your leadership. (Applause.) Unless you think that this connection ends with Jendayi, I want to just recognize Dr. Cindy Courville, who is the NSC Special Assistant and there’s a connection there, too, because Cindy and I were classmates at the University of Denver. So you see I’ve had very, very strong training about Africa all my life.
One such company from Kenya is called Kenana Knitters. Because of AGOA and our African Global Competitiveness Initiative, Kenana Knitters has won deals to export its wool and apparel to several highend American clothing companies. In just two years the business has more than doubled its workforce, all of whom are women. Now to expand the opportunities and benefits of trade even further, we both have important obligations. For our part, President Bush made bold commitments last September to eliminate all U.S. barriers that prohibit the free flow of goods and services as long as others’ nations do the same. This is a promise that we aim to keep.
Well, welcome everyone to the State Department. It’s a great pleasure to have you here in Washington for this year’s Forum for the African Growth and Opportunity Act. I’d like to welcome the many African ministers, who are joining us today, especially Foreign Minister Gadio of Senegal. I know I speak for everyone here, Mr. Minister, when I say how much we enjoyed last year’s Dakar forum and how much we appreciated the hospitality and the generosity of the people of In the current Doha round, being negotiated as we speak, the United Senegal. States is at the forefront of a worldwide effort to increase market access for developing country products, including agricultural goods. On behalf of President Bush and all of the American people, let me We in Washington must also do more to help African farmers expand express my deep gratitude to all who have made the long journey their exports by increasing their capacity to meet U.S. agricultural from Africa to join us here today. You carry with you the hopes and standards. We’ve made good progress on this front frequently — dreams of millions of men and women and children from every corner recently and we are determined to expand our efforts even further. of the African Continent. People who simply want to better their own lives build their own prosperity and take ownership of their African Governments also have important obligations in order to fully
liberate the entrepreneurial spirit of their people. In most African countries, ambitious citizens still pay too many fees and wait too many days and negotiate too much red tape to start a business. African governments must also do more to enable their countries to trade with their neighbors. Seventy percent of all trade in the developing world is between developing countries. So helping Africans trade more freely together represents a powerful source of development.
which the United States worked tirelessly to secure, 14 African countries are now receiving over $30 billion of debt relief. Our ultimate goal is to extend this initiative to 19 other African countries in Africa, forgiving more than $10 billion of additional debt. At the same time, our Millennium Challenge Corporation is now signing development compacts with countries that govern justly,
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Finally, it is vital for African nations to continue diversifying their economies. The AGOA Diversification Fund which we launched last year is beginning to help our African partners make steady gains toward the important development in this goal. Increasing free trade is a great challenge indeed. But it is not our only challenge. As a matter of justice of morality and of strategic interest, we must help all citizens, especially the most disadvantaged, to gain an equal opportunity to participate in growing
advance economic freedom, fight corruption and invest in their people. Right now 12 African countries are eligible to apply for MCC grants and four African countries, Madagascar, Benin, Cape Verde and Mali have signed compacts with the MCC worth a total of nearly $537 million. Finally, the United States is rightfully standing with the people of African in their fight against diseases like Malaria and HIV/AIDS. Now in its third year, President Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief is on pace to meet our five-year, $5 billion commitment for prevention, treatment and care. The path to defeat AIDS will be long, but each step along the way represents one more person who understands the threat, one more orphan who finds a home and one more individual who can live with the disease. Ladies and gentlemen, the United States does not view Africa as the sum of its problems nor as an object of international pity. No. We view the men and women of Africa as authors of their own destiny, as individuals of agency and dignity who have the right to flourish in freedom and who bear responsibility for their own successes. We believe that this success rests in the strength and the spirit of African citizens and we reject what President Bush has called the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”
economies. This is the job of foreign assistance. And under President Bush’s leadership America has launched a development agenda with Africa that is the worthy heir of the Marshall Plan for Europe.
Africa has given so much to America — more than anyone. It was the stolen sons and daughters of Africa who lifted up the body of America, brick by brick, field by field, city by city. More than
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y. th e bod y of Am erica, b rick b yb rick, ffiield b y ffiield , c it yb yc it the body Ame br by br by cit ity by cit ity. In the past five years with strong support from our Congress, President Bush has tripled foreign assistance to the countries of Africa and we are on pace to double it again by the year 2010.
anyone, it was the quiet righteousness of African Americans, men and women like my parents and my grandparents, sons and daughters of the American South who helped to redeem America at last from its original sin of slavery. (Applause.)
I imagine that most of you knew Randall Tobias as our Global AIDS Coordinator. Now he is our new administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as our new director of foreign assistance here at the State Department. And I’m pleased that he could join us here this morning. (Applause.)
America will never, America cannot forget the deep historical ties that bind us to the peoples of Africa. And we are committed to building a shared future of hope and opportunity and freedom for all.
The United States has also taken historic steps to free many developing countries, most of which are in Africa from the crushing burden of foreign debt. Under the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative,
Thank you for making the trip here to Washington. Thank you for participating in this important forum. And I look forward to seeing you all again next year. Thank you.
Give And Take, Secret To Successful Trade The African Chamber of Commerce heightening awareness of the Africa Growth Chad, Republic of Congo, Democratic ReDFW sponsored the Import Export Semi- Opportunity Act (AGOA), which assists nar â€˜Doing Business In Africaâ€™ Thursday, businesses with export/import to and from May 25 at the Bill Priest Institute of El Africa. Centro College in Dallas, TX. United States lawmakers originated The keynote speaker of this special AGOA in 2000 and offers tangible incenpresentation was Dr. Laurie-Ann C. Agama, tives for African countries that are making public of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Director for African Affairs, Executive Of- progress in economic, legal and human rights The Gambia, Bhana, Buinea, Guineafice of the President, Office of the U.S. Trade reforms while developing free market trade Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Representative, Washington D.C. in their own country. Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, The core of the seminar centered on The following 37 designated the Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao heightening awareness of the Africa Tome and Principe, Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). Senegal, Leone, South AfDr. Laurie-Ann C. Agama rica, Saziland, Tanzania, joined the following members of the Uganda, Zambia. Import and Export panel who shared The additional a wealth of knowledge during an open products allowed under one on one discussion and presentaAGOA, brings the number tions from the following individuals: of duty free products for 1. Laure-Kelly Kemp, Business import or export under the Development Officer, Southwest ReGeneralized System of gional Office, Export-Import Bank of Preferences, (GSP) to apthe United States proximately 7000. 2. Rick Schulze, Regional Some of the newly Manager, International Trade Proadded items include apgrams, U.S. Small Business Adminparel, footwear, wine, ceristration, U.S. Export Assistance Centain motor vehicle compoter nents and a variety of agri3. Larry M. Mallory, Vice Presicultural products. Photo by Rhonda Varsane dent of International Sales and MarBy addressing the Dr. Laurie-Ann C. Agama, Director African Affairs, Execuketing, Pro-Line International important pieces of the Imtive Office of the President, receives a gift from Sanmi 4. Dave Arnott, Professor of port Export puzzle, the AfAkinmulero, President, African Chamber of Commerce DFW. Management, Dallas Baptist Univerrican Chamber of Comsity merce succeeded in pre5. Edward M. DesPlas, Executive SubSaharan African (SSA) countries be- senting a more complete picture. Vice President, El Centro College, Dallas came eligible by completing the Rules of County Community Colleges Origin : Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Please educate yourself by visiting The core of the seminar centered on Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, http://www.agoa.gov
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AGOA, Special Projects, And Funding, How Is It Helping Africa? Sanmi said, “After attending the 2006 AGOA forum in Washington D.C., “It appears simply to be a repetition of the Dakar, Sengeal meeting last year and feels as if nothing was accomplished but talk.” Sanmi explains to make AGOA work certain things must be in place, such as infrastructure. The first problem is the lack of effective modes of transportation for people and cargo. Especially needed are airways. There is not a single U.S. carrier that goes to Africa from the United States. This is a obstruction to Africa’s economic success especially in agriculture. Companies with perishables, such as pineapple, yams or flowers, start with the disadvantage of having no reliable ground transportation to the mainland port.This weak link is compounded by the loss of one day due to required air travel through Europe, making success impossible. Second is the need for energy. Out of 466 major cities in Africa only 57 have uninterrupted electricity that is only 12% of Africa’s cities. Third is the area of health. Sanmi states that WCA?? along with Exxon/Mobil brought the elequent spokesperson, Bono to promote trade in Africa. The result was the distribution of mosquito nets by Exxon Mobil to Nigeria. This is not the need. Mosquitos breed in the open gutters of Africa so the real solution is to use closed
gutters. The using of mosquito nets is only a bandaid on a problem that can be solved. Fourth is corruption. It takes two to corrupt. Think about it. “There are people of the world in cahoots with Presidents of different countries. If the head of a country is corrupt others will follow his example. Shell bribed a Nigerian with around a million dollars. The Nigerian turned down the bribe. The media downplayed the honor and greatness of this mans deed. But it is common place for supervisors of pumpstations to accept money routinely for product on location. So the natural outcome of helping African countries with infastructure and trade will be a reduction of the wave of corruption.” Another example is Nigeria’s former military head of state, borrowed eight billion dollars. When President Obasanjo got to office he paid back the eight billion dollars debt with 15 billion dollars and was told that Nigeria still owed 27 billion to the World bank and the International Monetary Fund. This requirement of repayment based on current money value, rather than value at time of aquisition, is taking unfair advantage of the devaluation of the African dollar and exacerbates the same, thus aiding in and adding too corruption. Another issue is the host of Americans that use their non-profits 5013 (C) status for personal gain and recognition by fronting projects in Africa that ultimately have neglible positive effect or no significan impact. Sanmi mentions Andrew Young
former Mayor of Atlanta, GA as an example. Sanmi shows his frustration, an example of the frustration being felt by all of Africa. The frustration of being told by another country organizations what Africa’s needs, what needs to be done and how and who is going to do it. Seldom asked are what needs to be done and even more rare are the times that African are used to do the job. Involving Africans in defining the needs and doing the job. This is a simple solution to achieving an immediate economic lift “In conclusion,” Sanmi makes it clear, ” I would like to see better relationships between Africans and African Americans in the United States. The Jewish community has asked its people to come back home to Israel. I would like to encourage African American’s to come back to Africa. Educate youself about Africa, African culture and travel back bringing your talent and knowledge to help Africa and the people of Africa to share in the transfer of technology. They would like you to come home and be part of the solution. Sanmi
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Honor able K alonz o Musy oka R eceiv es Honorable Kalonz alonzo Musyoka Receiv eceives Akinkanju/T embo A ward Akinkanju/Tembo Aw Correspondent Rhonda Varsane Dallas,Texas
The African Chamber of Commerce of Dallas/Fort Worth, presented the Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka the prestigious
The Honorable Musyoka’s beliefs reflect his accomplishments; his life shines as an example of
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Musyoka Foundation focuses on present issues such as famine, lack of water, hunger, and health care issues. It is important for us to mobilize resources,” states the Honorable Musyoka The specific objectives of the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation are to: Promote conflict resolution and make peace by preventing and resolving armed and political conflicts around the globe Promote capacity building within Africa for regional conflict resolution, and promotion of peace and reconciliation. Improve the quality of democracy, address corruption, and increase transparency in Africa. Establish democracy programs working for the development of integrating human rights approaches and principles. Strengthen the capacity of people in Kenya and throughout Africa to meet the challenges of global inter-dependence through development of programs and part-
The Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka, Pauline Musyoka, Philip Kaloki, of the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation visit with Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem, Don Hill, Jennifer Li, Economic Development, International Business Bureau, Jim Falk, President World Affairs Council, and Sanmi Akinmulero, President, African Chamber of Commerce.
Akinkanju/Tembo award. these values and the Kalonzo T h e Musyoka Akinkanju/ foundation Tembo award share these represents same visions, bravery and values and courage wordreams with thy of true hu-manity to Photo by Rhonda Varsane community build a living Pauline Musyoka and the Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka warriors. leg-acy. receive a book on Dallas from Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem, HonorT h i s Don Hill able Kalonzo legacy capPhoto by Rhonda Varsane Musyoka retures and seeks The Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka Dalceived this to promote his ideas of de- nerships in such areas like health, security, las Mayor Pro-Tem, Don Hill visit after prestigious velopment through the cre- leadership development, community develtheir morning meeting. award in recation of a just, peaceful and opment as well as regional peace and recognition of his democratic world, espe- onciliation. peace initiatives in Africa, specifically Sudan cially within the African continent. Undertake programs aimed at HIV/ and Somalia. On a nonpolitical level, the “Kalonzo AIDS Research and improve the health of
the public especially in regards to terminal ber of Commerce, and Mrs. Musyoka par- tablished a working transit system based on diseases and access to health care facilities. ticipating. Dialogue focused on developing a system of planning, deSupport a bursary sign, construction and scheme to assist in educaoperation. tional support and re“It was a pleasure search. having The Honorable Support programs (Dr.) Kalonzo Musyoka aimed at leadership devisit our Dallas Area velopment and goverRapid Transit (DART) nance especially among facilities. All took his the youth. words of wisdom to Support a cultural heart. We know that planMuseum that preserves ning is the key to success the African culture and and transportation is one values. of the main ingredients City of Dallas guest for economic developHonorable Kalonzo ment. As we say, ‘Build Musyoka’s day started it and they will come.’ I with meetings at City Hall. often say, ‘Build it with Dallas Mayor Prothe right plan and they tem Don Hill, Jennifer L. will ride.’ We support Dr. H. Li, representative from Photo by Rhonda Varsane Musyoka in his endeavor the Office of Economic Philip Kaloki, Pauline Musyoka, The Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka, Sanmi to build a transportation Akinmulero, President, African Chamber of Commerce and associates inDevelopment’s Internainfrastructure for Kenya route to the next meeting. tional Business Bureau, and look forward to its President of the World Afsuccess,” said Victor fairs Council, Jim Falk, Burke. Philip Kaloki, professor of Economic at Dal- relationships and the exploration of future Next, we stopped at the Bill J. Priest opportunities for Kenya. Institute for Economic Development, which “The Dallas market is open and is an important inland port where trucks and rails meet,” said Mayor Pro-tem Don Hill. “Trade between the two countries would be beneficial for all.” The mayor ended the meeting by saying, “You have spoken to my heart in a special way. We will share your vision. You have put a face on Africa for us. We will follow with prayer and support.” Visiting the Dallas Area Rapid Photos by Rhonda Varsane Photos by Rhonda Varsane Transit (DART), Mrs Pauline Musyoka takes time to stop and visit The Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka, Pauline Honorable Musyoka Mary Mays as she waits for a Dart bus. Musyoka, Sanmi Akinmulero, President, African had the opportunity to evaluate and learn las Baptist University, and Sanmi about a 10-year-old multimodal transit sys- offers individuals, and businesses free asAkinmulero, President of the African Cham- tem comprised of 13 member cities that es- sistance in strategic planning techniques for
improved performance, financial assistance themselves.” women’s issues and stating that “Kenya reand training. Notable distinguished guests included quires at least 1/3 of the delegates are In addition, businesses can learn about ACCDFW President and Board Chair, Vic- women.” government contracting, international trade, tor Burke, El Centro President, Edward M. . He added, “Corruption is the biggest patent copyrights or trademarks, develop- DesPlas, and Texas State Representative, hindrance to our economic development but ing websites, finding employees and leas- Yvonne Davis. I feel encouraged and we want this encouring office space. Texas State Representative, Yvonne agement to spread. Possible future opportunities we dis- Davis expressed, “We would like to conDays of open stealing has ended. I am cussed at the Dallas/Fort Worth International gratulate you for all your accomplishments.” looking to the future with confidence. Airport as the Honorable Musyoka visited In addition, Texas State Senator Royce There is a paradigm shift; we need to with Don O’Bannon, Esq., the Vice Presi- West welcomed Honorable Musyoka. “We be the ones that take charge of the future of dent of the Small our country. and Emerging The political Business Departparties have a ment. role to play by The highworking tolight of the day gether. was the My deAkinkanju/Tembo sire is to see award ceremony. stability in The cerEast Africa emony was hosted countries and by the African the entire AfriChamber of Comcan continent. merce of Dallas/ I believe Fort Worth through this (ACCDFW) and process that the Kenyan comour country, munity, taking Kenya, will place at the Bill J. emerge strong. Priest Institute for It honors me to Economic Develhave shared opment in Dallas, dialogue with Texas. you. Thank S a n m i you” Akinmulero, Sanmi President of the Akinmulero, Photo by Rhonda Varsane A C C D F W President of The Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka accepting the Akinkanju/Tembo award from African Chamber opened explaint h e of Commerce Dallas/Fort Worth Board Chair, Victor Burke. This award presented by the ing, “This award A C C D F W, ACCDFW, represents bravery and courage worthy of true community warriors. The Honorable represents bravery made closing Musyoka is receiving this award in recognition of his peace initiatives in Sudan and Somalia. and courage worremarks exthy of true complaining, “He munity warriors. [Honorable The Honorable Musyoka is receiving this will shape a future that will be better for the Musyoka] has been uplifting mankind award in recognition of his peace initiatives people of Kenya and the people of the through his leadership work, his involvein Sudan and Somalia.” United States and I look forward to work- ment in peace initiatives along with the deep“There are 20,000 Kenyans in the ing with you in the future.” ening of democratic values.” metroplex and we salute your commitment Professor Philip Kaloki from the DalDuring the Honorable Kalonzo to human service and we thank you for be- las Baptist University provided the introduc- Musyoka’s 21 years as a Member of Parliaing responsible for the world you live in.” tion. ment, he has achieved many things and has “The reason Honorable Musyoka is a The Honorable Musyoka, accepting effectively shared his beliefs. good leader and will be a good African presi- the award from ACCDFW Board Chair VicAlways expressing the importance of dent is his open dialogue on corruption. tor Burke, touched on the importance of the a prosperous stable democratic country We need African leaders that realize Millennium Development Goals, speaking based on values, good governance, demothe importance of working against corrup- on the subject of gender sensitivity and the cratic ideas and good family values. tion; especially leaders who are not corrupt importance of being proactive concerning The diversity of the positions held as
a member of the parliament has allowed him many opportunities and an educated voice on many subjects. His strong environment, agricultural, and community concern is evident in the following: As Conference of the Parties President, Kalonzo Musyoka, Kenya’s former Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, stated, “Land degradation and a low productivity in the agricultural sector are inter-linked and important reasons for critical food shortages experienced in many of our African countries. This is the most serious problems facing Africa.” “I call upon people of good will to support this initiative [minimization of land degradation in sub-Saharan Africa] and [I] am glad to note the participation of partners at all levels international, national, and community levels.” At the World Conservation Forum the honorable Minister for Education [Honorable Musyoka] stated, “It is universally accepted that education prepares individuals, as well as whole societies, to manage their environment for their wholesome survival as individuals and as communities. The need for any society to preserve and perpetuate
geological resources and the resources of his people the Honorable Musyoka highlights the awarding of the Nobel Peace (2004) to Africa’s first woman recipient,
their environment and promote the rights of women and girls. “This award has brought honor to Professor Maathai and the country.” The Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka underscored the interrelationship between environment, peace and good governance. He urged conservationists to address issues of equity regarding the way the international community uses Africa’s resources. Speaking Photo by Rhonda Varsane at the town hall Pauline Musyoka and the Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka speak with meeting at the Don O’Bannon, Esq. Vice President of Small and Emerging Business Dallas Infomart, Department, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport the Honorable K a l o n z o Kenya’s Wangari Maathai: Musyoka met with the Kenyan community In the late 1970s, Mrs. Maathai led a to emphasize, “In the past we [African’s] have allowed other people to choose our leaders for us. We need God-fearing leadership. If his [God’s] presence is not with us, I will not make the journey. I feel the next president of Kenya should be able to come and talk to Kenyans in the United States in open forum. I am looking to the future with confidence. Like Martin Luther King Jr. said, “’I have a dream’, the time of Africa has come. I invite everyone to come visit me in Kenya.”
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Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka hosting a Kenyan town hall meeting at the
itself underlies the importance of universal and compulsory education,” stated Kalonzo Musyoka patron of the Kalonzo Musyoka foundation. Showing concern for his country’s
campaign called the Green Belt Movement to plant tens of millions of trees across Africa to slow deforestation. This movement included projects to preserve biodiversity, educate people about
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