ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE, SWAHILI VILLAGE RESTAURANT, WASHINGTON, D.C.
The US Department of State states the following
We’ve invited you all here today because the work you do embodies the ideals we all share. We wanted to hear from you as participants in the Young African Leaders Initiative, Mandela’s Washington Fellowship, or other U.S. Government-funded exchanges building professional capacity – as well as those of you from the diaspora with deep connections to Africa – and encourage a productive and an interactive exchange.
We need to draw on the best ideas, we need to draw on the best innovations no matter where they’re from. And that is the spirit of the Summit for Democracy that we initiated last year – President Biden did – and it’s the spirit that will animate the Africa Leaders Summit at the end of the year. And that summit is going to have a big role for young people, rising generations, and a big role for the diaspora.