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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 23, 1999


U.S.-Africa Ministerial in March

On March 16, the President will address the opening of the U.S.-Africa Ministerial on Partnership in the 21st Century. The conference will be attended by nine members of the Cabinet, including the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Commerce, Transportation, Labor, Agriculture and Energy, the United States Trade Representative, and the Administrator of the Agency for International Development, as well as the Chairman of the Export-Import Bank, and the Presidents of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Trade Development Agency. Members of Congress, and representatives from private business and non-governmental organizations will also participate in the ministerial and associated events, as will Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, and Trade from 46 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Falling on the first anniversary of the President's trip to Africa, the U.S.-Africa Ministerial on Partnership in the 21st Century will be held from March 16 - March 18 in Washington, D.C. The conference will focus on the President's Partnership for Economic Growth and Opportunity in Africa, and identify how the United States and Africa can expand and accelerate economic development, trade and investment cooperation.