(Washington, DC) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Africa today. Clinton embarked on her 11-day visit to seven nations late Monday. Following up on President Obama‘s visit to Ghana last month and his plea to African nations for better governance, Clinton will reinforce that directive and will seek to increase trade with the continent. Currently, import and export trade with the 48 countries of sub-Sahara Africa is minuscule.

Clinton’s first stop will be Kenya, the birthplace of Obama’s father. While in Kenya, Clinton plans to meet the president of Somalia’s transitional government, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed. The coastal waters along the long Somali coast have become home base for pirates praying on vessels from many nations, making off with millions in ransom money. Other stops on the trip are South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde. Angola and Nigeria are Africa’s biggest oil producers.

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