Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sanders Speaks at Georgetown University Africa Business Conference on Key Role of StartUps



During the Georgetown University's Annual "Africa Business," Conference, Ambassador Robin Sanders was asked to speak on the importance that both startup business and entrepreneurs are playing in Sub Saharan Africa today.  On startups she stressed that these businesses need to focus on keeping it both "simple," an "doable," initially for the first 3-5 years and ensure that they are what she calls "infrastructure-lite," in establishing their businesses no matter whether they are selling goods or services.


Sanders speaking at China Washington DC Confucius on Today's China-Africa Relationship


Ambassador Sanders joins three other distinguished Ambassadors -- Ambassador Chihombori Quai, the African Union Ambassador to the United States, and Ambassador Reuben Brigety, Dean of the George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs Studies --  at the Washington D.C. Confucius Center to discuss key issues that impact the China-Africa relationship today and how that dynamic relationship impacts US-Africa relationship. The event will be webcast nationwide to all Confucius Centers in the United States. Register if you wish to attend at this link: https://china-africa-us-engagement.eventbrite.com








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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sanders on VOA's Straight Talk Africa on Pres Trump's US-Africa Policy


Ambassador Sanders appeared as a guest on Voice of America's "Straight Talk Africa," flagship program hosted by veteran host Shaka SSali, and other guest Republican strategist Joseph Szlavik talking about the US Administration's US-Africa policy at the end of  President Trump's first year office.  Click here to see program: https://www.voanews.com/a/4222369.html

Sanders with VOA Straight Talk Host, Shaka Ssali, and the program's other guest Joe Szlavik following the show on current US-Africa policy and looking back at President's Trump's first year in office
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sanders on Al Jazeera English on Pres Trump US-Africa Policy



Dr. Sanders appeared on Al Jazeera English, @AJEnglish to discuss US-Africa policy in light of recent reported derogatory comments by the White House about the world's most resource rich, strategic, engaged and dynamic public, and on route to being the most populous region in the world -- Africa. Click here to see video:  Africa Must be Important to the US, says Sanders












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Amb. Sanders Invited to Speak at Georgetown's Distinguish Practitioners Series, Insitute of Diplomacy

As part of its prestigious series "Distinguish Practitioners Series," at its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) , Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders has been invited to speak at its first 2018 program to discuss not only her recent book, "The Rise of Africa's Small and Medium Size Enterprises, "but also to dialogue about current US-Africa policy and what place Africa has in U.S. public policy today as we reach the end of the first year of the Trump Administration. The invitation to speak at the event was extended by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield, who
is currently the Institute's distinguished  Africa
 Studies Fellow and also moderated the event.


















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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Read Letter in Allafrica.com by 78 Former U.S. Ambassadors to Africa-Reaction to Reported White House Africa Comments





The article at the link below appeared in the well-known and respected Allafrica.com on January 17, 2018 in response to the reported recent comments on Africa from the White House. Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders, CEO-FEEEDS joins 77 other colleagues in expressing views on the reported comments about Africa :

Monday, January 15, 2018

Africa Reaction Continues on Derogatory White House Comments About Continent-I Stand With These Comments!



I have never written a first person blog since I started this blog back in 2009, but feel compelled today as a followed up to my tweet on the same subject (derogatory comments about African, Haiti, etc., basically countries of color) several days ago where I said "I stand by the comments by the African Union; President/Governments of Ghana, Namibia, and now Botswana (am sure others countries will follow) against the reported derogatory comments made from the White House about Africa - this vibrant, rich, bastion of humanity, historic Continent filled with wonderful people and places. I love the Continent of Africa and as a result, and have been shocked and dismayed by the reported recent comments. Africa has been my home for years as I worked and represented the American people and the United States of America as have so many other dedicated, hard working American diplomats, military, U.S. private sector personnel, NGOs and civil society colleagues as well as the average American tourist or expatriate who has lived in the region. In this view, I along with numerous other former U.S. colleagues have expressed their shock via a written letter about the reported characterization of the Continent and other countries of color by the White House. This is not the American way, and cannot become the American way!




Reaction continues to filter in from around the world on this issue, and African Ambassadors assigned to the United States are convening here in Washington to determine their next steps as noted in their statement: www.bit.ly/AfricanAmbassadorsinUS. The recent statements attributed to the President represent a sad day for values of America's democracy, but they are also a test of our democracy, which I believe will and must prevail. We as a country must remain committed to the values that have made us the beacon of light for so many in the world. We must continue to be that beacon!




















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