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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Bass Reflects on First Official Visit to Africa

June 15, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- In May, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), the Ranking Member on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Right traveled to Uganda and Kenya on her first visit to the continent as the Senior Democrat of the Subcommittee. Bass also participated in the official Congressional Delegation trip with U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).

During the trip, the delegation met with high-ranking government and non-governmental officials to address U.S. foreign policy interests in the region on topics of economic development and growth, regional security, democracy and governance, and health and food security. Upon her return, Rep. Bass made the following statement, “I was pleased to be invited by Senator Coons, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, to participate in my first official delegation to trip Africa. I am delighted to report that the U.S. is working to diligently continue its efforts to build strong relationships with African partners on a variety of critical fronts including government transparency, economic development and trade, and counterterrorism. While there is still much work to be done, I look forward to working with colleagues in the House and Senate as well as our friends and partners throughout the continent to create a prosperous and economically strong and competitive Africa.”

Congressional Delegation to Africa

Congressional Delegation to Africa

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