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Cablegate: Nigeria: Minister of Agriculture Visiting

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UNCLAS ABUJA 001680

SIPDIS


DEPT PLEASE PASS TO USAID AFR/SD
USDA FOR OSEC


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAGR EAID OREP NI
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE VISITING
WASHINGTON DC JULY 23 - AUGUST 1


REF: (A) ABUJA 1548 (B) ABUJA 1621


1. This is an action message. Please see para 3.


2. Minister of Agriculture Adamu Bello plans to visit
Washington DC from July 23 to August 1 as a follow-up to
President Obasanjo's May visit and the Minister's discussions
with Ambassador Jeter on June 26 (Ref A) and Congressmen
Clyburn, Thompson, and Hilliard on July 4 (Ref B). From
these discussions, Post recommends the following meetings for
Minister Bello:


-- Secretary of Agriculture Ann Venemann


-- Congressmen James Clyburn (D, SC), Bennie Thompson (D,
MS), and Earl Hilliard (D, AL).


-- Land Grant Colleges. The Congressmen suggested the
Minister visit Tuskegee University, Alcorn State University,
South Carolina State, Morehouse College, and ABCUS. (Please
coordinate with Congressman Clyburn.)


-- Private sector agri-businesses specializing in post
harvest management and processing, fertilizers and vaccines
for livestock. Rep. Clyburn specifically had recommended the
Minister visit a mango processing company located in his
district. (Please coordinate with Congressman Clyburn.)


-- USAID Administrator


-- USAID/AFR/G for a technical discussion


3. Post requests that Department coordinate with USDA and
USAID to assist in organizing the meetings outlined in Para
2. USAID AFR/SD has the lead for the Minister's visit; point
of contact is Dennis Weller at 202-712-1406.
Jeter

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