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President Bush has met with 25 African heads of state in his first two years in office, more than any previous president. Take a look at photos of President Bush's meetings with African leaders and learn about the issues they discussed.

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President Bush has met with 25 African heads of state in his first two years in office, more than any previous president.

Dr. Condoleeza Rice Discusses the President's Trip to Africa
Press Briefing by Dr. Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor
President Bush Outlines his Agenda for U.S. - African Relations
Remarks by the President to the Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.-Africa Business Summit
President's Remarks
President Signs HIV/AIDS Act
President's Remarks
African Growth and Opportunity Act
Laura Bush's Remarks
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December 1, 2003
Ask the White House - Dr. Joe O'Neill Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator

October 8, 2003
Ask the White House - Dr. Jendayi Frazer Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council

October 6, 2003
President Bush Welcomes President Kibaki of Kenya to White House

October 6, 2003
President Bush, Kenyan President Kibaki Discuss State Visit

October 6, 2003
President Bush and President Kibaki of Kenya Toast Remarks

July 14, 2003
President Reaffirms Strong Position on Liberia

July 12, 2003
President's Radio Address

July 12, 2003
President's Remarks at Leon H. Sullivan Summit

July 12, 2003
Background Briefing on President's Visit to Nigeria

July 12, 2003
Background Briefing on HIV/AIDS

July 12, 2003
President's Remarks with Nigerian President Obasanjo

July 11, 2003
President Bush Discusses Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

July 11, 2003
President Bush Thanks Ugandan President for Leadership

July 11, 2003
Press Gaggle with Ari Fleischer and Dr. Condoleeza Rice

July 10, 2003
Secretary of State Powell Discusses President's Trip to Africa

July 10, 2003
President Discusses AIDS Initiative, Iraq in Botswana

July 2, 2003
Ask the White House - Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Senior Director for African Affairs

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Millennium Challenge Account

In Africa, promise and opportunity sit side by side with disease, war, and desperate poverty. This threatens both a core value of the United States— preserving human dignity—and our strategic priority—combating global terror. American interests and American principles, therefore, lead in the same direction: we will work with others for an African continent that lives in liberty, peace, and growing prosperity.

Together with our allies and friends, we must help strengthen Africa’s fragile states, help build indigenous capability to secure porous borders, and help build up the law enforcement and intelligence infrastructure to deny havens for terrorists. An ever more lethal environment exists in Africa as local civil wars spread beyond borders to create regional war zones. Forming coalitions of the willing and cooperative security arrangements are key to confronting these emerging transnational threats.

Africa: National Security Strategy

Africa’s great size and diversity requires a security strategy that focuses on bilateral engagement and builds coalitions of the willing. This Administration will focus on three interlocking strategies for the region:

  • countries with major impact on their neighborhood such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ethiopia are anchors for regional engagement and require focused attention
  • coordination with allies, friends and international institutions is essential for constructive conflict mediation and successful peace operations; and
  • Africa’s capable reforming states and sub-regional organizations must be strengthened as the primary means to address transnational threats on a sustained basis.

    Ultimately the path of political and economic freedom presents the surest route to progress in sub-Saharan Africa, where most wars are conflicts over material resources and political access often tragically waged on the basis of ethnic and religious difference.

    The transition to the African Union with its stated commitment to good governance and a common responsibility for democratic political systems offers opportunities to strengthen democracy on the continent.

    Three Pillars of Bush African Policy

    1. Strategic approach

  • Work with the key anchor states in each sub-region
  • Support sub-regional organization
  • Engage the African Union

    2. Clear policy priorities

  • Combat HIV/AIDS pandemic
  • Advance political and economic freedom
  • Promote peace and regional stability

    3. Principles of bilateral engagement

  • Good governance
  • Economic reform
  • Promote health and education

    Africa Growth and Opportunity Act

  • President Bush announced the AGOA forum on May 16, 2001
  • Forum held at the State Department on October 29-30.
  • The President, Secretaries of State, Treasury, and Commerce, Agriculture, National Security Advisor, USAID Administrator and Ministerial counterparts from 35 African countries participated in the forum.
  • Discussed ways to build trade capacity with Africa to fully implement AGOA

    HIV / AIDS

  • AIDS alone has left at least 11 million orphans in sub-Sahara Africa. 
  • The Bush Administration launched the Global AID Fund and initially contributed $200 M. Today the Administration has committed $500M for FY02 and 03.
  • The Administration is providing approximately $1B in FY02 and 03 for global HIV/AIDS.

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