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Cablegate: Strong Usg Representation at Tanzania's Sullivan Summit

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SUBJECT: STRONG USG REPRESENTATION AT TANZANIA'S SULLIVAN SUMMIT

Summary
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1. The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation greatly appreciated
The strong U.S. Government (USG) representation at the Eighth Annual
Sullivan Summit held in Arusha, Tanzania
from June 2 to 6. Led by a White House Delegation headed by
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, almost all
USG departments and agencies with assistance programs in Africa were
represented. Ambassador Green addressed the
Summit at the Opening Ceremony the first evening. Side meetings,
including a meeting between Secretary Kempthorne and Tanzanian
President Jakaya Kikwete, were productive
and should yield positive results in the future. Throughout the
Sullivan Foundation organizers repeatedly praised the USG support
and thanked Embassy Dar es
Salaam for providing consular and security services
during the entire week of the Summit. End Summary.

2. The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation held the eighth annual Sullivan
Summit in Arusha, Tanzania from June 2-6, 2008. Hosted by Tanzanian
President Jakaya Kikwete, almost 3,000 delegates and participants
from 31 countries attended the proceedings. Ambassador Andrew Young
and Ms. Hope Masters, the daughter of Leon Sullivan, co-chaired the
Summit. The Foundation stated that 546 participants came from
America including Rev. Jesse Jackson, an NBA player from the
Golden State Warriors, Kelenna Azubuike, and comedian Chris Tucker.
The main themes were investment, environment, tourism,
infrastructure, health and education. The Presidents of Tanzania,
Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Mozambique and the Vice-Presidents of the
Burundi and Comoros attended a June 4 Presidential Plenary session.
The Sullivan Foundation announced that the Ninth Annual Sullivan
Summit will be held in Rwanda in 2010.

Strong Showing from the USG
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3. Over forty officials from the USG represented their various
agencies and departments at the Arusha Sullivan Summit. The White
House delegation was comprised of Secretary of Interior, Dirk
Kempthorne; the Chairman of GOPAC, Michael Steele; Executive Vice
President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC),
John Simon; Chairman of the African Development Foundation, Edward
Brehm; and former American Idol contestant Melinda Doolitte. The
USG contingent played a significant role throughout the many events
of the Summit. Assistant Secretary Frazer represented the State
Department and was warmly received by members of the Sullivan
Foundation and by delegates from many African governments who
attended the Summit.

4. Almost all the panels and workshops included high-level USG
officials as moderators or panelists. In a special forum entitled
"The U.S. Government Role in Enhancing Business, Trade and
Investment in Africa" officials from OPIC, the Office of the Trade
Representative (USTR), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC),
USAID and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) clearly
outlined ways in which the USG can assist in improving the business
and investment climate throughout the continent. Officials from the
Departments of Energy, Transportation, Interior and Defense also
took part in various sessions focused on energy, tourism and the
environment.

Side Meetings Advance USG Trade Relations
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5. The USG delegation held a number of bilateral meetings during
the Summit. Secretary Kempthorne and his delegation held meetings
with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and the Minister of Tourism
and Natural Resources, Hon. Mrs. Shamsa Mwangunga. In the meeting
with President Kikwete, Secretary Kempthorne discussed possible
areas of mutual cooperation to protect the fauna, flora and
antiquities in Tanzania. Kikwete presented Secretary Kempthorne
with suggestions of ways in which the Department of Interior could
assist Tanzania to preserve and manage their national parks and
historical sites. This included U.S. Department of Interior
trainers or instructors to assist on a short-term basis at the GOT's
regional training center for Wildlife Managers and Rangers; a
request for capacity building in how to preserve old buildings and
mosques, with a focus on buildings constructed from mud or
limestone;
and more anti-poaching equipment, in particular, night vision
goggles for the park rangers.

6. Assistant Secretary Frazer also held a number of bilateral
meetings to be reported reftels A and B. Assistant U.S. Trade
Representative for Africa, Florie Liser, held productive discussions
with Secretary General Juma Mwapachuof the East African Community
(EAC) on final steps to move forward to the signing of a Trade and
Investment Framework Agreement between the United States and the
East African Community. The Secretary General promised AUSTR Liser
that he would be bringing it for a consensus decision in the
upcoming EAC summit scheduled for Kigali Rwanda, the last week of
June.

Conference Leadership Notes Appreciation
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7. The leadership of the Sullivan Foundation greatly appreciated
the USG support. The Senior Vice President and Conference
Organizer, Ralph Perkins, stated that the foundation realized during
their first summit in the Ivory Coast in 1991 that without the
support of Washington-based USG officials and the Embassy a
successful Summit was impossible. Outside of White House delegation
and the many high-level USG officials that served as panelists, the
Foundation was thankful for the consular and security support from
the Embassy that was made available in Arusha for the entirety of
the summit.

GREEN

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