U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
February 7, 2019
Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will travel to West Africa from February 10-12, 2019. His visit will aim to strengthen commercial ties, advance peace and security through regional partnerships, promote the potential of Africa’s youth, and convey America’s unwavering commitment to Africa.
While in Cote d’Ivoire from February 10-11, Under Secretary Hale will meet with senior government officials, members of the Ivoirian business community, and civil society organizations to discuss preparations for the 2020 presidential elections and trade and economic engagement.
He will be in Niamey, Niger, February 12 to meet with senior government officials to discuss security in the Sahel, meet with members of the Nigerien private sector, and engage with members of the U.S. government’s premiere exchange program with Africa, the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).