Representative Camp (R-MI) and Senator Baucus (D-MT) have introduced bills in the House and Senate respectively to provide for this extension under the African Growth and Opportunity Act of great interest in East Africa. With strong bipartisan support in Congress…
Just as the big annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Conference is kicking off in Washington, and USAIDs Frontiers in Development conference has ended, the Washington Post has run a large story, "U.S. expands secret intelligence in Africa" which will…
USAID's "Frontiers in Development" Conference in Washington Live Video Feed On Twitter: #Frontiers #DevelopmentIs Speakers relating to East Africa specifically include Rakesh Rajani of Twaweza: Twaweza is an independent East African initiative that was established in 2009 by Rakesh Rajani,…
Update: Here is the link to the audio from the event at CSIS and a handout. [Also--for a very different view of Kikwete, see "Tanzania: The Flip Side" by Nkwazi Mhango in the current African Executive.] Tanzania represents a success story for developing…
A priceless bit of diplomatic history, from October 1, 1975, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger meets with Kenyan Foreign Minister Waiyaki at the U.S. United Nations Mission in New York. You just have to read it:
The Secretary: It is good to see you here.
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: We are enjoying ourselves very much.
The Secretary: I was in Nairobi before your independence. I went to see the animals. I was there in June. It was very pleasant. How long are you staying here?
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: I hope to leave tomorrow. I have been here a long time.
The Secretary: You were here for the Special Session of the UN?
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: Yes.
The Secretary: How did you get into your present job? Were you a career officer in the Foreign Ministry?
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: No, I am a member of Parliament. I was formerly Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.
The Secretary: The only way I could get into the State Department was to be appointed Secretary of State. I was told that I don’t have the qualifications for entry into the Foreign Service.
The Secretary: What are the major problems in our relations?
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: Our relations are good.
The Secretary: I can’t understand Foreign Ministers saying that our relations are good. Normally everyone says they are lousy.
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: Relations are good.
The Secretary: I agree with you. Our relations are good. It is pleasant to hear this. Usually I am told that everything we are doing is wrong. You have a very constructive policy and our intention is to support you within the limits the Congress will go along with.
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: I hope Congress will understand the requests which we make.
The Secretary: Congress does not go along with the requests I make, but we are going to get them under control soon.
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: I am in the strange position where I am a congressman myself, but I still get pushed around by other congressmen.
The Secretary: You have a parliamentary system?
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: Yes.
The Secretary: You have only one party?
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: Yes, but I am questioned by backbenchers and also by assistant ministers sometimes.
The Secretary: We have had some talks on arms. We are trying to put together a military assistance package for Kenya.
Foreign Minister Waiyaki: I hope you can move quickly.
The Secretary: What is holding things up?
Mr. Coote: We thought we had some F5A aircraft lined up for Kenya. They would have been available immediately at a low cost. This was the big advantage of that package. However, it did not work out.
The Secretary: Why didn’t it work out?
From a USAID press release, "USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah Announces 20 Feed the Future Initiative Focus Countries": In 2008, the Lancet identified just 36 countries that are home to 90 percent of all children whose growth was stunted for lack…
"Kenya oil industry in chaos as fuel shortage bites", reports the Daily Nation: Motorists stood in long queues on Wednesday as one of the most severe and bizarre fuel shortages hit many parts of the country. Many people ran out…
Register for a webchat about Millennium Challenge Corporation programs, AGOA and investment opportunities in Southern Africa. Event is Thursday, April 21, 11:30am Washington/EDT; 1530 GMT.
In this era of perceived relative austerity in U.S. public budgeting, there is much discussion about (1) cutting "foreign aid" and (2) addressing redundancy in federal spending. One obvious area of redundancy in terms, at least, of conceptual capacity and…
The link to the Reuters report from Beijing is here. China will send observers to Sudan when the south holds an independence referendum on January 9, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. "At the invitation of both the north…