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Department of State and USAID Officials to Deliver Remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 29, 2015


Several Department of State and USAID officials will provide remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, August 3-5, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. The three-day Summit will bring together 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders to meet with President Obama and leading U.S. entrepreneurs, government officials, and civil society representatives.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan will call the Summit to order onMonday, August 3 at 9:00 a.m. Heather A. Higginbottom, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and Eric Postel, Associate Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, will give remarks during the Private Sector and Civil Society Partnership Expo on Tuesday, August 4 at 3:00 p.m. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will offer closing remarks on Wednesday, August 5 at 3:30 p.m.

The event will also feature a town hall with President Obama, a plenary session with Members of Congress, and breakout discussions with leaders in business, government, international development and non-governmental organizations.

The Presidential Summit follows six weeks of academic study and leadership training for the 500 Fellows at 20 higher education institutions across the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

For more information and to request credentials for open-press events, please submit the online form.

Media representatives may attend these events upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information from the Department of State, please contact ECA-Press@state.gov. Participants and those watching the livestream are encouraged to use the hashtag #YALI2015 when discussing the events.

Monday, August 3, 2015

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Call to Order by Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors This session will be streamed live at www.irex.org.

Preset for video cameras: 4:00-5:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Congressional Forum on Investing in the Next Generation of Africa, with remarks by U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (GA) and other invited speakers.

Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

This session will be streamed live at www.irex.org.

Preset for video cameras: 4:00-5:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Young African Leaders Town Hall with President Obama

Media determined by White House. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

The town hall will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Preset for video cameras: 4:00-5:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Private Sector and Civil Society Partnership Expo with remarks by Heather A. Higginbottom, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and Eric Postel, Associate Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development. Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

Preset for video cameras: 2:00 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:30 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks by Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

This session will be streamed live at www.state.gov.

Final access time: 3:00 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

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