The United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, officially opened the renovated Public Affairs Section (PAS) in a ceremony at Eastgate 7th Floor, Goldbridge, Harare. The celebratory event included remarks from the Ambassador, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and a reception. Attendees included Zimbabweans who have participated in U.S. Embassy-sponsored programs, such as the Mandela Washington Fellowship through President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the Women’s Development Dialogue, and the Women Journalists Mentoring Program.
The Ambassador emphasized that he hopes that the Zimbabwean public feels welcome in the new space and that he looks forward to more fruitful cultural and educational engagements between the two countries.
The Ambassador commented: “We have attempted to renovate our public diplomacy outreach space in a modern and vibrant way, in the hope of matching the spirit of Ubuntu that we have experienced here.”
PAS manages the U.S. Mission in Harare’s educational, informational, and cultural programming. The upgrades to the PAS office space include designer décor and furnishings, comfortable meeting areas, and improved technology. There is a library with internet access and resources both in print and online, an auditorium for events such as the weekly Food For Thought speaker series, and EducationUSA advising services where students can learn about opportunities that exist to study in the United States. PAS also coordinates activities at four American Spaces across Zimbabwe and amplifies the Mission’s health diplomacy initiatives, including the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs.