US Vice President to Remember Embassy Bombings Victims in Dar-es-Salaam

The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, arrives in Dar-es-salaam on Wednesday night, ready for the meeting with the Tanzanian Head of State, Samia Suluhu Hassan.

An official dispatch from the White House in Washington says the VP will be on a one-day itinerary in the country.

VP Harris is already in Africa and completes her Ghanaian part of the continent’s tour on Wednesday afternoon when she then departs Accra for Dar es Salaam.

On Thursday, March 30, 2023, the US Vice President will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 1998 bombing of the American Embassy in Dar-es-salaam.

A total of 224 people were killed during the simultaneous bombings that occurred in Dar-es-salaam and Nairobi on August 7, 1998.

Eleven victims died in Dar while 213 others lost their lives Nairobi, Kenya.

Meeting Entrepreneurs

Later, Vice President Harris will then meet with entrepreneurs at a tech incubator and co-working space in the city.

On Friday, the US Vice President departs Tanzania for Lusaka, where she will be meeting with the Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema.

Still in Lusaka, on Saturday Kamala Harris will spend the day addressing issues of climate adaptation and resilience and food security. 

During the event she expected to have an audience with a number of continent-wide public and private sector investments.

Food Security

She will engage with those involved in these efforts in climate resilience and food security on the ground.

The Vice President will convene business and philanthropic leaders, from the African continent and the United States, to discuss digital and financial inclusion on the continent. 

They will discuss how to best partner together and build on the work of her trip and all the private sector announcements that she announced on the trip.

Harris’ tour of Africa builds upon the remarks that she gave in December 2022 at the US – Africa Leaders’ Summit Diaspora Forum.

The US Vice President had made clear that; she believes African innovations and ideas will shape the future of the world. 

She added that the US was committed to invest in the ingenuity and creativity that is so prevalent across the continent in order to unlock economic growth and opportunities.

Kamala Harris remains very much focused on the future of Africa, and her trip to Africa occurs in recognition of that.

All roads lead to Africa in 2050

She had stated that the median age of the continent is 19 years, which means by 2050, one in four people on the planet will be living on the African continent.

The White House Statement says the Vice President is visiting the three countries because their governments are investing in their democracies specifically at a time where the US finds there is a global democratic recession. 

The United States views Africa as critical to addressing global challenges and we view her visit as another opportunity to consult and engage with partners on our shared objectives.

The Vice President had previously met with all three of the leaders in these countries in Washington, and she looks forward to deepening the U.S. partnership and her relationship with each of these leaders on this trip.

Harris will depart Lusaka on Saturday evening and return to Washington on Sunday morning.

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