A stop-by-stop account of Clinton's Africa trip
During her seven-country tour, Clinton highlighted the continent's successes, stressed the work yet to be done, and strengthened US trading alliances.
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Oil-rich Angola is strategically attractive to the US. Already, Angola supplies America with 7 percent of its oil imports. Angola's worldwide oil revenues account for approximately 85 percent of its gross domestic product.
Here, Clinton pressed for strong democratic institutions and governmental transparency, pushing President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to hold the country's first presidential elections since 1992. Mr. dos Santos agreed to elections "in a timely manner," according to Clinton.
Clinton also stressed the need for Angola to redevelop its once-productive agricultural industry. And she signed an agreement that provides the country with $17 million to combat HIV/AIDS and prevent new infections. It was one of only two pledges for new aid announced on the trip.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Since war broke out 12 years ago, 200,000 women and girls have been raped in Congo, the United Nations estimates. In "very frank" discussions with President Joseph Kabila, Clinton said, she "made the point that these crimes, no matter who commits them, must be prosecuted and punished."
To Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito, she added at a dinner in her honor, "There must be an end to widespread financial corruption and abuses of human rights and women's rights."
Clinton also spoke out against "conflict minerals" mined in the country and announced that the US will provide more than $17 million in new funding to prevent and respond to gender and sexual violence here.
"Nigeria is at a crossroads," Clinton said at a town-hall-style meeting in the capital, Abuja. She stressed the need for Africa's largest country – and one of its most corrupt – to implement democratic reforms.
Before an audience of civil activists in Abuja, she cited a recent World Bank report that said Nigeria has lost more than $300 billion to corruption and mismanagement over three decades. And, Clinton said, the "lack of transparency and accountability has eroded the legitimacy of the government and contributed to the rise of groups that embrace violence and reject the authority of the state."