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  • Mining Lekgotla to Tackle Challenges

    The Mining Legotla, a platform which brings together key stakeholders in the South African mining industry and other role players, gets underway today in Midrand. Since its launch in 2012, the lekgotla has become the premier mining think-tank in the sector, and serves to explore key trends and policy shifts […]

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  • شركة كوانتوم ماتيريالز تحقق 95% من عائد الكمية عن طريق إنتاج النقطة الكمية المؤتمت

    – خط الإنتاج المتقدم يوفر للاقتصادات المتسقة ذي الأداء العالي والإنتاج الكلي الكبيرة تطبيقات رئيسية لصناعات شاشات العرض والحالة الصلبة والإضاءة  سان ماركوس، تكساس، 8 آب/أغسطس، 2014 / بي آر نيوزواير / ایشیانیٹ باکستان — أعلنت شركة “كوانتوم ماتيريالز كورب” (شعارها هو QTMM) Quantum Materials Corpاليوم عن إنتاجها 95% من العائد الكمي المحسوب للنقاط الكمية […]

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  • الاستثمارات الخاصة: عامل تغيير في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا

    دراسة جديدة من إعداد عدد من طلاب الماجستير في كلية إدارة الأعمال في جامعة هارفرد بالتعاون مع جروث جيت كابيتال تكشف المعتقدات السائدة حول قطاع الاستثمارات الخاصة <دبي، 7 / أغسطس، 2014 / بي آر نيوزواير / ایشیانیٹ باکستان — عقب فترة من الانكماش وعمليات الاندماج، بدأت تظهر إشارات التعافي والانتعاش على قطاع الاستثمارات الخاصة […]

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  • FACT SHEET: Partnering to Counter Terrorism in Africa

    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release

    August 06, 2014

    As the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania underscored, Africa-based terrorists threaten the interests of the United States in addition to those of our African partners.  The United States government has no higher priority than protecting U.S. citizens from attack by terrorists and violent extremists.  But our efforts at countering terrorism in Africa are motivated as well by a recognition that extremist groups are tearing apart communities in many parts of the continent, robbing young people of their futures, constraining economic growth, and denying people the opportunity to reach their full potential.  African terrorist groups, such as al-Shabaab, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Boko Haram, and Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis (ABM), threaten the security and prosperity of Africans across the continent.

    We are committed to working with our African partners to address immediate threats and build durable and professional security sector institutions required to achieve our long-term counterterrorism objectives.

    A Comprehensive Approach

    The United States and our African partners are committed to countering terrorism in Africa through counterterrorism partnerships that draw on all of our tools:  military, diplomacy, financial action, intelligence, law enforcement, and development alike.  Our partnerships are building African partner capacities in the security and justice sectors to counter terrorism in a way that is consistent with the rule of law, and building the capacity of African governments and civil society in countering violent extremism (CVE) to neutralize violent ideologies before they spread.

    • Enhancing military capacity.  U.S. military personnel work hand-in-hand with their African counterparts to increase military capacity in countries threatened by terrorism.  The Department of Defense (DoD) provides much needed equipment to empower African partners’ ability to halt terrorism.  U.S. military personnel provide specialized training that includes instruction on planning, battlefield tactics, civil-military relations, best practices in counter-insurgency, and respect for the rule of law.  The United States also sponsors multinational exercises to increase collaboration and strengthen bonds among African partners.  The 2014 Flintlock Exercise, hosted by Niger, brought together more than 1,000 troops from 18 countries, including eight African nations.
    • Enhancing law enforcement capacity:  Strengthening our African partners’ civilian security and law enforcement capacity is another key priority of our counterterrorism strategy in Africa.  In FY2013, we trained 2,584 participants in 19 African countries on how to prevent, detect, and investigate terrorism threats; secure their borders; bolster legal frameworks to effectively prosecute terrorists within the rule of law; and manage responses to terrorist incidents in a rule-of-law framework that respects human rights, as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program.  The ATA program provides training on a wide range of disciplines, from bomb detection to crime scene investigation.  We have a longstanding ATA partnership with Tanzania, for example, which has helped institutionalize its counterterrorism training and stand-up a special marine police unit.  On the sidelines of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the United States and Kenya signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA).  This agreement provides the legal framework to allow for the exchange of information and evidence to assist countries in the prevention, detection, and investigation of customs offenses – including those associated with terrorism-related activities.  
    • Restricting travel and stemming access to resources:   With our African partners, we work to restrict terrorists’ and terrorist organizations’ travel and their ability to raise, move, and store money.  The Terrorist Interdiction Program/Personal Identification Secure Comparison and Evaluation System provides partner countries in Africa border security assistance to identify, disrupt, and deter terrorist travel.    The Counterterrorism Finance (CTF) program, run by the Department of State, provides training to partner governments that will better enable them to restrict terrorists’ and terrorist organizations’ ability to raise, move, and store money.   CTF provides African nations with internal and cross-border financial investigations training to work effectively with counterparts in neighboring countries and assists these countries in strengthening their laws and regulations.  We have three CTF-funded Resident Legal Advisors (RLA) and two Department of Homeland Security advisors in Africa who provide mentoring and training to judges and prosecutors so they are better able to adjudicate and prosecute these cases. 
    • Drying up potential sources of recruits:  We also seek to stop terrorism before it begins by strengthening community resilience and creating environments that are inhospitable for terrorist recruitment.  In Chad, Niger, and Burkina Faso, for example, USAID is leading efforts to support youth empowerment through education, skills training, strengthening local governance capacity, and improving access to information via community radio, targeting groups most vulnerable to extremist ideologies.
    • Building global partnerships:  We have also worked in the multilateral arena to build international architecture to combat today’s terrorist threats.  In 2011 the United States co-founded the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), which includes participation from African countries.  The GCTF focuses on identifying critical civilian counterterrorism needs, mobilizing the necessary expertise and resources to address such needs, and enhancing global cooperation. 
    • Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund:  President Obama has asked Congress to create a new, $5 billion counterterrorism partnerships fund that will help build the capacity of our international partners to respond effectively to the terrorist threat.  If approved, this fund would allow the United States to provide additional training, equipment, and operational support for partner states in our shared fight against al-Shabaab, AQIM, Boko Haram and others.  It would also support targeted efforts to address the underlying conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, including by supporting partner efforts to combat terrorist safe havens.

    Providing support to partners on the front lines

    The United States is building strong partnerships with countries to address critical terrorist threats on the front lines in order to confront the threat at its roots.

    • Confronting Boko Haram:  We are deeply concerned by Boko Haram’s ongoing attacks against Nigeria’s citizens, civil institutions, and infrastructure, including the group’s April 2014 kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls.  To support the Nigerian-led efforts to combat Boko Haram, we are providing an array of military, law enforcement, and intelligence support, such as counter-Improvised Explosive Device training and forensics training.  We are also supporting the efforts of Nigeria and its neighbors to increase regional cooperation to combat Boko Haram.  Because the specter of terrorism requires more than just a security response, we have also worked to encourage and support the Nigerian government’s efforts to promote development in northern Nigeria, including by boosting health, education, and social service delivery.  Our security cooperation also supports the professionalization of key military units and underscores that effective counterterrorism policies and practices are those that respect human rights and are underpinned by the rule of law.
    • Working to Degrade Al-Shabaab:  In Somalia, we continue to support the Somali National Army and the African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in their efforts to push al-Shabaab out of its strongholds.  The Department of State has invested more than $170 million to recruit and train forces to help protect Somalia’s institutions and citizens.  Since 2007 we have contributed more than half a billion dollars in training, equipment, and logistical support to AMISOM.  While these efforts have weakened al-Shabaab and pushed it out of a number of cities, the group remains the most significant threat to peace and security in Somalia and the region.  Our counterterrorism support for Somalia is embedded in an overarching policy of support for policies and reforms to eliminate the underlying sources of violence and increase national and regional stability.  A stable, peaceful Somalia and Horn of Africa are the best long-term deterrents to a resurgence of al-Shabaab.  Our Partnership for Regional East Africa Counterterrorism, has helped build the capacity and resilience of East African governments to contain the spread of, and counter the threat posed by, al-Qa’ida, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist organizations. 
    • Enabling Partners to combat al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM):  We provided support to our French and regional partners to reverse AQIM’s expansion in northern Mali in 2013 and help the people of Mali reclaim their future.  The United States has provided airlift and refueling support, and training and supplies to more than 6,000 African soldiers and police who have deployed to support the international response.  This international partnership paved the way for safe elections and improved stability in Mali, taking on both the immediate threat and the dire conditions that helped the extremists take hold in the first place.  Our Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) has supported these efforts and other partner country efforts in the Sahel and the Maghreb to constrict and ultimately eliminate the ability of terrorist organizations to exploit the region by increasing security sector capacity, addressing underlying causes of radicalization, and amplifying local voices that speak out against violence. 
    • Confronting Terrorism in North Africa:  We continue to provide security and counterterrorism assistance and advice to our partners in North Africa to arrest the growth of extremist groups like Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi, and Ansar al-Sharia in Darnah.  Through the TSCTP, we are working with the government of Tunisia to build its capacity to confront terrorist threats.  We have also provided crisis response and tactical and command training to Tunisian security forces as well as training in leadership development, police reform, prison reform, hostage rescue, and crowd control management for the Justice and Interior ministries.  Additionally, we have provided vehicles to enhance internal and border security in Tunisia.  In Libya, we are working with the international community to train a Libyan General Purpose Force, build Libyan security institutional capacity, and improve the Libyan government’s ability to counter terrorism.

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  • Quantum Materials Achieves 95% Quantum Yield by Automated Quantum Dot Production

    – Advanced Production Line Provides High Performance, Uniformity and Mass-Production Economies of Scale with Major Implications for Display, Solar and Solid-State Lighting Industries SAN MARCOS, Texas, Aug. 6, 2014 / PRNewswire / Asianet-Pakistan – Quantum Materials Corp (OTCQB:QTMM) (QMC) today announced achieving a calculated 95% Quantum Yield (QY) for Green Tetrapod Quantum Dots (TQD) manufactured by […]

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  • Cerner to Acquire Siemens Health Services for $1.3 Billion

    Acquisition to further industry innovation with a combined $650 million annual R&D investment Complementary client bases expand global presence Cerner and Siemens AG to combine strengths to deliver new solutions through $100 million strategic alliance KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE / Knowledgebylanes) — Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:CERN) and Siemens AG today announced they […]

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  • “جراول ميديا” تستحوذ على Series A Investment التابعة لـ Auvest Group

    دبي، دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، 6 أغسطس/ آب، 2014 /بي آر نيوز واير/ ایشیانیٹ باکستان — حصلت شركة “جراول ميديا” Growl Media، وموقعها الإلكتروني [http://growlmedia.com ]، التي أنشأت في دبي، والتي تعد مبدعا للمحتويات التعليمية والترفيهية للأطفال الصغار، على Series A Investment التابعة لـ Auvest Group، وهي شركة للاستشارات واستثمارية بديلة. وبموجب شروط الاتفاق، سوف […]

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  • Expected Attendees at Tonight’s U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit Dinner

    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release

    August 05, 2014

    Below is a list of expected attendees at tonight’s White House Dinner on the occasion of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Additional details about the Summit Dinner are available HERE.

    THE PRESIDENT and MRS. OBAMA

    His Excellency Mohamed Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, State of Libya

    His Excellency Jean-Paul Adam, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Seychelles

    His Excellency Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

    Ms. Uzo Aduba, Actress, New York, NY
                Ms. Nonyem Aduba

    Ms. Mimi Alemayehou, Washington, DC
                Mr. Papa Ndiaye

    Her Excellency Amina Ali, Ambassador of the African Union Mission

    His Excellency Abdalla Alteni, Prime Minister of the State of Libya

    His Excellency Martin Andjaba, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia

    The Honorable Dennis Archer, Chairman and CEO, Dennis W. Archer PLLC, Detroit, MI
                Mr. Dennis Archer, Jr.

    The Honorable Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, National Security Council
                Mr. Geoffrey Boyd Lamb

    His Excellency Abdallah Baali, Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

    His Excellency Nassirou Bako Arifari, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration, Francophonie and the Beninese Diaspora, Republic of Benin

    His Excellency Oldemiro Marques Baloi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Republic of Mozambique

    Mr. Ajay Banga, President and CEO, Mastercard, Purchase, NY
                Mrs. Ritu Banga

    The Honorable Karen Bass, United States Representative (California)
                Ms. Kim Hurley

    His Excellency Yipènè Djibril Bassrole, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, Burkina Faso

    His Excellency Kalidu Bayo, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Republic of The Gambia

    His Excellency Mohamed Bazoum, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigerians Abroad, Republic of Niger

    The Honorable Joyce Beatty, United States Representative (Ohio)
                Mr. Otto Beatty Jr.

    Reverend David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World, Washington, DC
                Mrs. Janet Williams Beckmann

    His Excellency Abdirahman Beileh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Investment, Federal Republic of Somalia

    The Honorable Mr. William Bell, Birmingham, AL
                Mrs. Sharon Bell

    His Excellency Abdel-Ilah Benkiran, Head of Government of the Kingdom of Morocco
                Mrs. Nabila Benkiran, Spouse of the Head of Government of the Kingdom of Morocco

    Mr. Mayank Bhargava, Falls Church, VA
                Ms. Namita Datta

    Mr. Hunter Biden, Washington, DC
                Mrs. Kathleen Biden

    The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States
                Dr. Jill Biden

    His Excellency Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon
                Mrs. Chantal Biya, First Lady of the Republic of Cameroon

    The Honorable Tony Blinken, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor, Office of the National Security Advisor

    The Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Owner, Bloomberg, New York, NY
                Ms. Diana Taylor

    His Excellency Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr., Vice President of the Republic of Liberia

    His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic
                Mrs. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, First Lady of the Gabonese Republic

    The Honorable Dr. Arivn Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Republic of Mauritius

    Mr. Joseph Brandt, New York, NY
                Mrs. Carol Brandt

    The Honorable Anita Breckenridge, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff
                Mr. Russell Breckenridge

    The Honorable Lonnie Bunch III, Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC
                Ms. Roslyn Marable-Bunch

    The Honorable William Burns, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State
                Ms. Lisa Ann Carty

    The Honorable Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services
                Mr. Steve Burwell

    Ms. Vanessa Bush, Editor in Chief, Essence, New York, NY
                Ms. Tatsha Robertson

    Ms. Kathy Calvin, President, UN Foundation, Washington, DC
                Mr. John Calvin

    The Honorable Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
                Mrs. Anne Carson

    The Honorable President Jimmy Carter

    The Honorable Dr. George Chaponda MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Republic of Malawi

    His Excellency George Rebelo Chicoti, Minister of External Relations, Republic of Angola

    The Honorable Donna Christensen, Delegate to the United States House of Representatives, United States Virgin Islands
                Mrs. Rabiah George

    The Honorable William Lacy Clay, Jr., United States Representative (Missouri)
                Mr. William L. Clay III

    Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Director, National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC
                Mr. James Staton, Jr.

    His Excellency Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso
                Mrs. Chantal Compaoré, First Lady of Burkina Faso

    His Excellency Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea
                Her Excellency Djene Kaba Conde, First Lady of the Republic of Guinea

    The Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, Small Business Administration
                Mr. Raphael Sweet

    The Honorable Christopher Coons, United States Senator (Delaware)
                Mrs. Annie Coons

    Ms. Helene Cooper, White House Correspondent, The New York Times, Alexandria, VA
                Mr. Jonathan Karp

    His Excellency Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira da Costa, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe

    The Honorable Elijah Cummings, United States Representative (Maryland)
                Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

    Her Excellency Natalia Da Costa Umbelina Neto, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe

    Mr. Aliko Dangote, President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Ltd., Washington, DC
                Ms. Halima Aliko-Dangote

    The Honorable Brian Deese, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget
                Mrs. Kara Deese

    His Excellency Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, President of the Republic of Cabo Verde
                Mrs. Lígia Arcângela Lubrino Dias Fonseca, First Lady of the Republic of Cabo Verde

    The Honorable Bill de Blasio, Mayor, City of New York, NY
                Ms. Chirlane McCray

    Mr. Valentino Deng, Chicago, IL
                Ms. Tiffanie De Bartolo

    Ms. Grace Hightower DeNiro, New York, NY
                Mr. Robert DeNiro

    His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
                Her Excellency Roman Tesfaye, First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

     

    His Excellency Ikililou Dhoinine, President of the Union of the Comoros
                Her Excellency Hadidja Abubakar Ikililou Dhoinine, Spouse of the President of the Union of Comoros

    His Excellency Abdoulaye Diop, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration, and International Cooperation, Republic of Mali   

    The Honorable Shaun Donovan, Director, Office of Management and Budget
                Ms. Liza Gilbert

    His Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

    The Honorable Donna Edwards, United States Representative (Maryland)
                Ms. Selena Singleton

    The Honorable Neil Eggleston, Assistant to the President and Counsel
                Ms. Penda Hair

    Mr. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Actor, New York, NY
                Ms. Mmoma Ejifor

    Mr. Michael Elliott, President and CEO, ONE, Washington, DC
                Ms. Sipho Moyo

    Mr. Tony Elumelu, Nigeria
                 Mr. Wiebe Boer

    The Honorable Eliot Engel, United States Representative (New York)
                Mrs. Patricia Engel

    His Excellency Francois Fall, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Guineans Abroad, Republic of Guinea

    The Honorable Katie Fallon, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs
                Mr. Brian Fallon, Jr.

    Ms. Mbaye Fatimata, Washington, DC
                Ms. Semhar Araia

    The Honorable Chaka Fattah, United States Representative (Pennsylvania)
                Mrs. Renee Chenault-Fattah

    The Honorable Russ Feingold, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, U.S. Department of State
                Ms. Christine Ferdinand

    The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator (California)
                Mr. Richard Blum

    Mr. Jeffrey Fischer, Chairman, ADAS Group, LLC, Bethesda, MD
                Mrs. Nicole Fischer

    The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation
                The Honorable Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation

    The Honorable William H. Frist, Former Senator (Tennessee)
                Ms. Tracy Roberts

    The Honorable Michael Froman, Ambassador, United States Trade Representative
                Ms. Behnaz Kibria

    The Honorable Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Kingdom of Swaziland

    Mr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
                Mr. Lawrence Bobo

    Dr. Helene Gayle, CEO, CARE, Atlanta, GA
                Mr. Stephen Keith

    Mr. Michael Gerson, Op-ed Columnist, The Washington Post, Alexandria, VA
                Mrs. Dawn Gerson

    Mr. Daniel Glickman, Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, DC
                Mrs. Rhoda Glickman, Director of Government Relations, Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, DC

    His Excellency Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, President of the Republic of Togo

    Mr. Jeff Gordon, Charlotte, NC
                Ms. Ingrid Vandebosch

    Mr. Peter Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg, L.P., New York, NY
                Ms. Meridith Webster, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Bloomberg L.P.

    The Honorable Al Green, United States Representative (Texas)
                Mr. George Nwanguma

    His Excellency Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique
                Dr. Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza, First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique

    His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti

    Ms. Lulu Haangala, Charlottesville, VA
               Ms. Martine Ekomo-Soignet

    Her Excellency Mongi Hamdi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Tunisia

    The Honorable Grant Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council
               Mrs. Jasmine Harris

    Ms. Patricia Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York, NY
               Mr. Mark Lebow

    His Excellency El-Anrif Said Hassane, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Union of the Comoros

    Mr. Christopher Helm, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, Albany Law School, Albany, NY
               Ms. Debra Toms-Helm

    The Honorable Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps
               Mr. Steven Charles Radelet

    His Excellency Mohamed Lemine Heycen, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

    The Honorable Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, U.S. Department of State
               Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda

    Mr. Paul Hinks, Board Chair, Corporate Council on Africa, Washington, DC
               Ms. Julie Kurtzman

    The Honorable Fred Hochberg, Chairman, Export-Import Bank
               Mr. Thomas Healy, Chairman, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, U.S. Department of State

    The Honorable Dana Hyde, CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Cabin John, MD
               Mr. Jonathan Chambers

    Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Washington, DC

    The Honorable Johnny Isakson, United States Senator (Georgia)
               Mr. Christopher Sullivan

    His Excellency Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad
               Ms. Hinda Deby Itno, First Lady of the Republic of Chad

    The Honorable Fred Mandir Jachan-Omach, Minister of State for Finance, Republic of Uganda

    The Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee, United States Representative (Texas)
               Dr. Elwyn Lee

    Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dallas, TX
               Ms. Regina Renee Freeman-Lewis

    His Excellency Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia
               Her Excellency Zineb Jammeh, First Lady of the Republic of The Gambia

    The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement
               Mr. Ahmad Rashad

    The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries, United States Representative (New York)
               Mrs. Kennysandra Jeffries

    The Honorable Broderick D. Johnson, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

    The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson, United States Representative (Texas)
               The Honorable Rodney Ellis, Senator, Texas State Senate

    The Honorable Hank Johnson, United States Representative
               Mr. Arthur Sidney

    The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security

    Ms. Lorna Johnson, Beverly Hills, CA
               Mr. Robert Black III

    His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

    His Excellency Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Mr. Don Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank, Washington, DC

    His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
                Ms. Ange Ingabire Kagame, Daughter of the President of the Republic of Rwanda

    The Honorable Harry Kalaba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Zambia

    His Excellency Dr. Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone

    His Excellency Laurent Kavakure, Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation, Republic of Burundi

    Mr. Meb Keflezighi, San Diego, CA
               Ms. Yordanos Asgedom

    His Excellency Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of the Republic of Mali
               Mrs. Keïta Aminata Maiga, First Lady of the Republic of Mali

    The Honorable Robin Kelly, United States House of Representative (Illinois)
               Ms. Madeleine Horn

    Mr. Muhtar Kent, President and CEO, Coca Cola Company, Atlanta, GA

    His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya

    The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State

    Ms. Angelique Kidjo, Brooklyn, NY
               Mr. Jean Hebrail

    His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
               Her Excellency Salma Kikwete, First Lady of the United Republic of Tanzania

    Dr. Jim Kim, President, World Bank, Washington, DC
               Dr. Younsook Lim

    His Excellency Charles Koffi Diby, Senior Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

    Ms. Cina Anoka Lawson, Minister of Post and Digital Economy, Republic of Togo

    Mr. Richard Leach, President and CEO, World Food Program USA, Washington, DC
                Mrs. Susanne Leach

    The Honorable Barbara Lee, United States Representative (California)
                Mr. Craig Lee

    Mr. Jack Leslie, Washington, DC
                Ms. Caroline Pech

    The Honorable Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury

    The Honorable Elizabeth Littlefield, President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
                Mr. Matthew Arnold

    His Excellency Mario Lopes da Rosa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Communities of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau

    Mrs. Paula Madison, Chicago, IL
                Ms. LaFleur Paysour

    His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana
                Her Excellency Lordina Dramani Mahama, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana

    His Excellency Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger

    His Excellency Ibrahim Roshdy Mahlab, Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt

    Mr. Tshepo Mahloele, CEO, Harith General Partners, Washington, DC
                Ms. Thenjiwe Vanda

    Mr. Tracy Maitland, President, Advent Capital Management, New York, NY
                Ms. Kimberley Hatchett

    Mr. Darius Mans, Washington, DC
                Mr. Stephen Cashin

    Her Excellency Faida Maramuke MITIFU, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia

    Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Chairman, Global Telecommunications Group, Washington, DC
                Mrs. Tsitsi Masiyiwa

    His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan

    Bishop Vashti McKenzie, 10th Episcopal District of the AME Church, Dallas, TX
                Mr. Stanley McKenzie

    Mr. Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart, Bentonville, AR
                Mrs. Shelley McMillon

    The Honorable Gregory W. Meeks, United States Representative (New York)
                Mrs. Simone-Marie Meeks

    The Honorable Bernard K. Membe, MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, United Republic of Tanzania

    The Honorable Robert Menendez, United States Senate (New Jersey)
                Ms. Alicia Mucci

    His Excellency James Alix Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles

    The Honorable Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and International Trade, Republic of Kenya

    His Excellency Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia
                Mrs. Qamar Ali Omar, Spouse of the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia

    His Excellency Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Republic of Equatorial Guinea

    His Excellency Serge Mombouli, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo

    The Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy
                Ms. Katya Frois-Moniz

    The Honorable Gwen Moore, United States Representative (Wisconsin)
                Ms. Brenda L. Moore

    Mr. Marc Morial, President, National Urban League, Maplewood, NJ
                Ms. Michelle Miller

    Mr. Patrice Motsepe, Washington, DC
                Ms. Precious Moloi-Motsepe

    His Excellency Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, Minister of External Relations, Republic of Cameroon

    His Excellency Mahamat Moussafaki. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chad

    His Majesty King Mswati III, Kingdom of Swaziland
                Her Royal Highness Inkhosikati La Mbikiza, Spouse of the King of Swaziland

    Ms. Wanja Muguongo, Executive Director, UHAI – East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, Washington, DC
                Ms. Lorna Dias

    Dr. Denis Mukwege, Washington, DC
                Ms. Madeleine Kaboyi

    The Honorable Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
                Mr. Amit A. Pandya

    His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda
                Mrs. Janet Musevini, First Lady of the Republic of Uganda

    Her Excellency Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Republic of Rwanda

    His Excellency Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi
                Her Excellency Gertrude Hendrina Mutharika, First Lady of the Republic of Malawi

    Ms. Wangechi Mutu, New York, NY

    Dr. James Mwangi, Washington, DC

    Mr. Morris Mbetsa Mwero, Notre Dame, IN

    His Excellency Augustine Ngafuan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Liberia

    His Excellency Emmanuel Issozet Ngondet, Minister For Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, and Regional Integration, Gabonese Republic

    His Excellency Cheikh Niang, Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal

    The Honorable Sheila Nix, Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden
                Mr. James Coughlin

    Her Excellency Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South Africa

    His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi
                Her Excellency Denise Bucumi, First Lady of the Republic of Burundi

    The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, Delegate to the United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC

    Mr. Douglas Oberhelman, CEO, Caterpillar, Peoria, IL
                Mrs. Diane Oberhelman

    His Excellency Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
                Her Excellency Constancia Mangue De Obiang, First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

    His Excellency Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
                Mrs. Mariam Mint Ahmed Dit Tekber, Spouse of the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

    Mrs. Valerie Owens, Kennett Square, PA
                Ms. Missy Owens

    The Honorable Jennifer Palmieri, Assistant to the President and Director of Communications

    Ms. Yolanda Parker, Founder & President, KMS Software, Los Angeles, CA
                Mr. Kevin Parker

    The Honorable Donald Payne, Jr., United States Representative (New Jersey)

    The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, United States House Democratic Leader (California)
                Mr. Paul Pelosi

    Mr. Michael Philipp, Chairman, Reykjavik Geothermal (RG), Amelia Island, FL
                Mr. Mikael Andren

    Mr. Macon Phillips III, Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State
                Mrs. Emily Phillips

    The Honorable John Podesta, Counselor to the President
                Mrs. Mary Podesta

    His Excellency Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia
                Ms. Penehupifo Pohamba, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia

    The Honorable Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations
                Mr. Cass Sunstein

    Mr. John Prendergast, Co-Founder, Enough Project, Washington, DC
                Mrs. Sia Sanneh

    The Honorable Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce
                Mr. Stefan Selig

    His Excellency Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of the Republic of Madagascar
                Mrs. Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, Spouse of the President of the Republic of Madagascar

    The Honorable Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, G.C.S.K., F.R.C.P., Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius

    The Honorable Charles Rangel, United States Representative (New York)
                Mrs. Alma Rangel

    Her Excellency Arisoa Razafitrimo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Madagascar

    The Honorable Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting
                Ms. Ann Norris

    His Excellency Awan Andrew Goul RIAK, Minister in the Office of the President, Republic of South Sudan

    The Honorable Susan Rice, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor
                Mr. Ian Cameron

    His Excellency Jose Luis Rocha, Ambassador of the Republic of Cabo Verde

    General David Rodriguez, Commander, United States Africa Command
                Mrs. Ginny Rodriguez

    Mrs. Virginia Rometty, CEO and President, International Business Machines, Armonk, NY

    Mr. Jack Rosen, Chairman, American Jewish Congress, New York, NY
                Mrs. Phyllis Rosen

    The Honorable Edward Randall Royce, United States Representative (California)
                Mrs. Marie Royce

    Mr. David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group, Washington, DC

    The Honorable Bobby Rush, United States Representative (Illinois)
                Mrs. Carolyn Rush

    Ms. April Ryan, Washington Bureau Chief, American Urban Radio Networks, Randallstown, MD
                Mr. Gerald Lopes

    The Honorable Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of South Sudan

    His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal
                Mrs. Marieme Sall, First Lady of the Republic of Senegal

    His Excellency Denis Sassou N’Guesso, President of the Republic of Congo

    Mr. Stephen Schwarzman, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group, New York, NY
                Mr. Sean Klimczak

    The Honorable Dr. Guy Scott, Vice President of the Republic of Zambia
                Dr. Charlotte Harland Scott, Second Lady of the Republic of Zambia

    His Excellency Eliachim Sebatane, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Lesotho

    The Honorable Peter Selfridge, Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State

    His Excellency Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
                Mrs. Farida Sellal, Spouse of the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Algeria

    His Excellency Dr. Abubacarr Senghore, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of The Gambia

    Her Excellency Tebelelo Seretse, Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana

    Ms. Isha Sesay, Anchor, CNN, Atlanta, GA
                Mr. Leif Coorlim

    The Honorable Terri Sewell, United States Representative (Alabama)
                Mr. Jesse Wells, Jr.

    The Honorable Rajiv J. Shah, Administrator, United States Agency for International Development
                Mrs. Shivam Shah

    The Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State
                Mr. Bruce Stokes

    The Honorable Phandu Tombola Skelemani, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Botswana

    The Honorable Chris Smith, United States Representative (New Jersey)
                Mrs. Marie Smith

    The Honorable Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Development and Democracy, National Security Council
                Mr. John Rice-Cameron

    Mr. Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, J.W. Marriott International, Bethesda, MD
                Mrs. Ruth Sorenson

    The Honorable Margaret Spellings, President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, TX
                Mr. Vance Wilson

    Mr. Earl Stafford, CEO, Wentworth Group, McLean, VA
                Mrs. Amanda Stafford

    His Excellency Bockari Stevens, Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone

    Mr. Ritchie Tabachnick, President, Equipment & Controls Africa, Pittsburgh, PA
                Ms. Laura Tabachnick

    His Excellency Mohamed Mostafa Mohamed Tawfik, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt

    The Honorable Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

    Mr. Tewolde Tesfaye, Ethiopia
               Mr. Kagnew Asfaw

    Her Excellency Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Republic of Ghana

    The Right Honorable Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho

    The Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs
                Mr. Lafayette Greenfield

    Mr. Sim Tshabalala, Washington, DC

    His Excellency José Mário Vaz, President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau
                Her Excellency Rosa Teixeira Goudiaby Vaz, First Lady of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau

    His Excellency Manuel Domingos Vicente, Vice President, Republic of Angola

    The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
                Mrs. Christie Vilsack

    The Honorable David Wade, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
               Ms. Elizabeth Alexander

    The Honorable Aminu Bashir Wali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria

    Mr. DeWayne Wickham, Baltimore, MD
               Ms. Zenita Wickham Hurley

    The Honorable Frederica Wilson, United States Representative (Florida)
               Dr. Roslyn Artis

    Mr. Phill Wilson, CEO, Black AIDS Institute, Los Angeles, CA
               Mr. Mark Schoofs

    His Excellency Boni Yayi, President of the Republic of Benin

    Ms. Melike Yetken, Director of African Affairs, National Security Council
               Mr. Jeffrey Krilla

    His Excellency Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Djibouti

    The Honorable Leocadia Zak, Director, United States Trade and Development Agency
               Mr. Kenneth W Hansen

    Mr. Jeffrey Zients, Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council
               Mrs. Mary Zients

    Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission

    His Excellency Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa
               Mrs. Nompumelelo Primrose Zuma, Spouse of the President of the Republic of South Africa

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