Facebook Chat with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto
On August 17, 2012, Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, participated in a live Facebook Chat to discuss Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent travel to Africa and the future of America’s partnership with Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Good morning! I'm really excited to be joining you to discuss Secretary Clinton's most recent trip. This was one of the Secretary's most exciting trip overseas. In 11 days, she visited 9 countries and made 13 stops! Her speech in Cape Town on August 8 really underscored not only the relationship between the United States and Africa but also relayed personal notes.
- Thank for your excellent question! Africa will have over two dozen important elections in the next two years. Governments have to be accountable to the people. We are promoting democratic values and ensuring that the voices of the people are heard at the ballot box. We work with local civil society groups, government institutions, and international experts to promote open transparent electoral processes.
- Thank for your excellent question. Our investment/assistance goes through local NGOs and civil society groups in Africa. We believe building local civil society groups in key to their development in ending violence and promoting opportunities. We are working with local civil society groups on the examples that you cite but also with regional states to promote peace to give these groups a greater chance of success.
- Mr Donald, we appreciate your time and answers you gave us. it is very hard to answer all those great questions concers in one hour or so, it is possible to hold small group discusion in some particular area(region) one at time and discuss our state department's role.
again I thank your time and effort to update and answers some our concerned questions.