Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 6, 2011

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith A. McHale is traveling to South Africa and Senegal May 5-13, 2011, to highlight the important role of young Africans in shaping the future of their continent.

In South Africa, Under Secretary McHale will meet with students at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg and with young entrepreneurs at a business incubator. She will engage with journalists and editors – including a group of women media leaders from throughout sub-Saharan Africa – as well as South African social media leaders to promote deepening networks and the exchange of ideas between Africa and the United States. Under Secretary McHale will also take part in an open house at the Mae Jemison U.S. Science Reading Room in Mamelodi and will visit with student groups at the Rosa Parks Library and at the Apartheid Museum in Soweto. In Pretoria, Under Secretary McHale will attend an event with the South African Minister for Higher Education and Training, business CEOs and U.S. educators at the University of South Africa to support job creation and to advance educational partnerships between the United States and South Africa.

In Dakar, Senegal, Under Secretary McHale will participate in a youth roundtable with alumni from last year’s Young African Leaders Forum to discuss educational exchange as a tool for youth development in Africa. She will also visit a business incubator at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop and participate in “Road Map to Business Success,” an event at the Senegalese Cultural Center to connect young Senegalese entrepreneurs with established business mentors.

Under Secretary McHale issued a Department of State DipNote blog to launch her visit, and her staff will provide blog updates throughout the trip.

PRN: 2011/701