Washington, DC — Mr. Chairman, Mr. Rating Minority Member, Distinguished Members of the Committee:
I’m honored to be President Biden’s nominee for the publish of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and grateful to the President and to Secretary Blinken for his or her confidence.
I started my profession as a public servant right here within the workplace of Senator Pat Moynihan. To information his work, Senator Moynihan saved solely two paperwork on his desk: the U.S. structure and the UN Constitution. He impressed my profession within the Overseas Service, and taught me an abiding respect for this establishment, and this committee.
My profession in international coverage started in Nairobi, Kenya, on the United Nations Setting Program. In Kenya I used to be launched to the expertise and generosity of the African folks, and the sweetness and richness of the African panorama. Kenyan politics have been additionally my first publicity to the enduring challenges of governance, safety and sustainable improvement. Making use of U.S. diplomacy to successfully meet such challenges has been the dominant theme of my profession.
I thank this committee for its bipartisan recognition of the rising political, financial and cultural energy of the various nations in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s as much as the State Division to translate this recognition into respectful partnerships that advance our shared pursuits, values and aspirations. If confirmed, I’ll work to help President Biden’s agenda to develop the amount and high quality of our engagement with African governments, establishments such because the African Union, and, critically, African publics.
To face as much as the specter of autocracy, the President has charged us with demonstrating that democracy is one of the best system to fulfill the challenges of our interconnected world. We all know that almost all of Africans agree and are elevating their voices to set new destinies for his or her nations, as we see in Nigeria. The bravery of the Sudanese folks in demanding a civilian-led authorities is one other extraordinary instance. Throughout the continent we are going to reinvigorate our give attention to human rights, accountability, and good governance. President Biden has declared the struggle in opposition to corruption, particularly the theft of public belongings for personal acquire, to be a core nationwide safety curiosity.
We see a direct correlation between African governments which might be authoritarian and the incidence of inside battle, displacement, and migration. Many are contending with an lively menace from the Islamic State and different violent extremists like al-Shabaab in Somalia. Various societies battle to uphold inclusive and equitable power-sharing preparations. In collaboration with regional and worldwide companions, tailor-made U.S. diplomatic, improvement and safety help can play a vital function to help peace and safety. This crucial is driving our present intensive effort to induce all events to the battle in Ethiopia to implement an instantaneous and unconditional ceasefire that places a halt to atrocities in opposition to civilians, to allow the supply of humanitarian help, and to revive stability by political dialogue.
Local weather change additionally threatens stability. Desertification within the Sahel disrupts farming and has displaced a whole bunch of hundreds, and reckless exploitation threatens the world’s second largest rainforest within the Congo Basin and the continent’s wonderland of organic range. It’s in our mutual pursuits to work collectively on environmental sustainability.
Africa is the quickest rising and the youngest continent. By 2050, one in 4 individuals on the planet will probably be African. Workforce improvement and job creation will probably be essential to faucet the ambitions of the youth bulge. We’re dedicated to increasing two-way commerce and funding and to advancing the regional targets of the African Continental Free Commerce Space. Amongst different strengths, the U.S. personal sector presents progressive American choices for inexperienced vitality and digital economies, in addition to a dedication to social accountability.
All these priorities are actually threatened by the devastating human toll of COVID-19. In keeping with America’s beneficiant custom of funding in Africa’s well being programs, exemplified by the landmark PEPFAR program, the White Home has simply introduced the donation of 25 million COVID-19 vaccines for Africa. Earlier the President dedicated the US to offering 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for distribution by COVAX to 92 low- and decrease middle-income nations and economies, and the African Union.The Improvement Finance Company can be investing in vaccine manufacturing in South Africa and Senegal. This pandemic highlights how our fates are intertwined.
Aware of the challenges at house and humble in regards to the challenges in Africa, our greatest asset will probably be a dynamic and affirmative U.S. coverage agenda that enlists African companions in constructing free market democracies that supply liberty and prosperity and understand the continent’s full potential. Mr. Chairman, Mr. Rating Minority Member, with the Strategic Competitors Act you will have given us our marching orders and new instruments. If confirmed I commit that U.S. embassies in sub-Saharan Africa will act to confront the Chinese language problem to the worldwide rules-based order.
Lastly, and never least, if confirmed I promise to be a champion of the folks of the State Division’s Africa bureau, to unleash their full potential with a vigorous dedication to range and inclusion and to domesticate the particular esprit d’corps that has historically outlined the bureau.