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Congressman Cleaver to Join President Obama on Historic Trip to Africa

Jul 23, 2015
Press Release
Bipartisan and Bicameral Delegation Will Make State Visits to Kenya and Ethiopia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Cleaver is pleased to announce that he will be joining President Barack Obama and other Members of Congress on their five-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, leaving from Washington, D.C. Thursday evening. The bipartisan delegation includes both Senators and Representatives, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus. This is the first trip by any sitting US President to Ethiopia.

“As today’s global economy becomes more and more interconnected, we must do our part to ensure that African countries can compete worldwide,” said Congressman Cleaver. “I am looking forward to participating in this delegation and bringing the importance of job growth, education, health care, and even climate change into the forefront of our discussions. I am grateful for this opportunity, as a person with African roots, to strengthen the ties between the United States and these African nations and the African people.”

While in Kenya, the delegation will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), an annual event begun by the President in 2010. This year’s summit, held in Nairobi, will assemble entrepreneurs, leaders of business in varying industries, start-up business mentors, and high-level government officials. Previous summits have taken place in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Morocco.

On Saturday, Members of Congress and the President will attend the opening plenary with all attendees. That afternoon, they will also visit and meet with representatives of Kenya’s environmental community, before attending a State Dinner at the State House with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. On Sunday, President Obama will address the GES, speaking about the United States’ relationship with the Kenyan people within the global economy. Later in the trip, the delegation will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the delegation will meet with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Additionally, President Obama will deliver a speech at the African Union Tuesday morning before returning to Washington, D.C.

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Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.

For more information please contact John Jones – john.h.jones@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4535.