2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: August 16, 2021

August 4, 2021

So often when we in the West speak about Africa, we talk about it’s great potential—about what awaits the continent tomorrow. And when we talk about that future, we speak about you—about the nearly 800 million young people who make up the vast majority of Africa’s population and will ensure it is the world’s youngest continent for decades to come. But one last thing I want to stress to all of you: You are not Africa’s future. You are Africa’s present. When we invest in you, we are not investing in some brighter tomorrow, we are investing in leaders who are shaping Africa’s trajectory today.

August 4, 2021

Thank you so much. Thanks to all of you for coming out. Thank you Chargé, thanks also to Mervyn Farroe who runs the USAID Mission here. I’ve been really impressed in my time on the ground, at the energy and dedication, and deep feeling that the U.S. officials here who are part of the team have for this country, the Sudanese people, and this transition.  I appreciate also, Brian, the comment you make about immigrants; we get the job done, as they say in Hamilton, the musical, but I just want to say how America has also benefited so much from the Sudanese Americans who have come over the years -- but also how heartening it is to see so many coming back to make their contribution back in the country that they have missed so much over the decades.

August 3, 2021

I consider it a great honor to address the Yazda community and the survivors and family members who are gathered today, who fought so hard to protect the Yazidi people, document the atrocities they suffered at the hands of ISIS, and help find justice and closure. 

August 3, 2021

So, please, young people of Sudan—before you grow discouraged by the pace of change, remember what you have done. Remember how you showed the world that you could make the seemingly impossible, possible. And try to draw inspiration for what you can still do to secure a peaceful, democratic, civilian-led future for your people and your country.

July 29, 2021

Through the Prosper Africa Build Together Campaign, we will leverage our longstanding presence on the ground to build a better, stronger, more secure, and inclusive trade and investment strategy for African nations and the United States.

We will do this in partnership with African countries and in accordance with American values rooted in mutual respect, national sovereignty, democratic governance, and individual dignity—not as a means to advance our own interests or seek favors in return.