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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Maria Brewer for the YALI pre-departure orientation May 21 2014

Good afternoon.  It is my pleasure to be with you today as you take the first step in your journey as participants in the 2014 Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the signature program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI, initiated by President Obama. You are among the 500 participants from around Africa ...
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Boko Haram: The Growing Threat to Schoolgirls, Nigeria, and Beyond (May 21, 2014)

Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to discuss Nigeria’s struggle against Boko Haram, one of the most lethal terrorist groups in Africa today. Over a month ago, the world was shocked when Boko Haram kidnapped over 250 young women from a secondary school in Chibok. The ...
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Building a Sustainable Economic Partnership Remarks prepared for Penny Pritzker, Commerce Secretary (May 21, 2014)

It is an honor to address such an esteemed group of Nigerian business leaders, entrepreneurs, and students.  I want to thank you for welcoming us and our dynamic and diverse group of 20 American companies that are joining us on this energy trade mission. Let me start by telling you why we are here. President ...
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Letter from the President –War Powers Notification on Chad (May 21, 2014)

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Approximately 80 U.S. Armed Forces personnel have deployed to Chad as part of the U.S. efforts to locate and support the safe return of over 200 schoolgirls who are reported to have been kidnapped in Nigeria. These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Leads Energy Trade Mission to Nigeria and Ghana (May 20, 2014)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is leading 20 American companies on an Energy Business Development trade mission to West Africa, specifically to Ghana and Nigeria. Secretary Pritzker arrived in Lagos on Tuesday for a three-day visit. This Trade Mission will promote U.S. exports and expand U.S. companies’ presence in Africa by helping American firms ...
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