- The United States government wants Zimbabwe to prosper but remains concerned about the human rights situation in the country, visiting senior State Department officials said on Tuesday. Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Dr. Shannon Smith, and Steven Feldstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, told journalists in the capital today that the U.S. is concerned about what is happening in Zimbabwe.
- Many thanks to everyone who took part in the Tweetable on human rights reporting at the Alliance Francaise on Wednesday, featuring Steven Feldstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Labor, Democracy and Human Rights, and representatives from local human rights organisations.
- The United States is deeply concerned by developments in Burundi and has called on all parties to immediately end the violence, to exercise restraint, and above all to prioritize peace in Burundi. The U.S. supports the East African Community leaders’ calls today for peaceful, democratic elections in line with Burundi’s electoral laws and the spirit of the Arusha Agreement.
- President Obama this week announced steps to further support entrepreneurship and innovation around the world, including the creation of the Spark Global Entrepreneurship Initiative. “This brings together some of the most successful entrepreneurship programs across our government and makes sure that they’re working with the private sector in ways that allow for long-term, sustained success,” Obama said.
- According to the latest visa statistics, the U.S. issued 514 visas to students from Zimbabwe in 2014, representing a 10% increase in the number of students issued visas to study in the U.S. Zimbabwe is now ranked second in Africa, after Ghana in number of students studying in the US per capita.
- John Kirby is the new Spokesperson at the State Department. You can follow news and information about U.S. government relations with other countries at www.state.gov or via twitter @StateDept
On Our Calendar
Monday, May 18, 2015; 3 pm: EducationUSA hosts admission officers from four U.S. Liberal Arts Colleges- Amherst, Pomona, Smith, Williams colleges. Admission officers representing these institutions will present on their undergraduate colleges’ offerings, admission and scholarship procedures. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare.
Tuesday May 19, 2015; 3 pm: “Understanding the value of Ethical Leadership” / Presentation facilitated by Bradwell Mhonderwa, Managing Director, Ethics Center, and Vongai Nzenza, Independent Consultant. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public
- Friday May 22nd & Saturday May 23rd 2015; 5 pm & 7 pm on both days: Panel discussion & Play Show – Topic: “Zimbabwe Dramatic Writing: Is it dead?” this discussion will be facilitated by the Almasi Collaborative Arts as part of the Almasi African Playwrights Festival that began May11th and scheduled to end on May 22nd 2015. Venue: Zimbabwe German Society, 51 Lawson Avenue, Milton Park, Harare. Free to interested members of the public.
- Friday May 22nd & Saturday May 23rd 2015; 5 pm & 7 pm on both days: Panel discussion & Play Show – Topic: “Zimbabwe Dramatic Writing: Is it dead?” this discussion will be facilitated by the Almasi Collaborative Arts as part of the Almasi African Playwrights Festival that began May 11th and scheduled to end on May 22nd 2015. Venue: Zimbabwe German Society, 51 Lawson Avenue, Milton Park, Harare. Free to interested members of the public.
- Monday May 25th 2015: The Embassy and its agencies are closed in honor of Memorial Day and Africa Day holidays.
- Tuesday May 26, 2015; 3 pm “Unpacking U.S. Exchange Programs opportunities for Zimbabweans: leveraging on alumni as a resource” / Presentation facilitated by Alumni and Darin Mcanelly, AF Alumni Coordinator, from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Alumni Affairs; Tutisani Gladys: Exchanges Programs officer and Rabson Shumba, motivational speaker and entrepreneur.Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
- Deadline – June 1st 2015: The American Embassy is pleased to announce the 2016 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This one-year, full-scholarship program is offered to mid-career professionals working at policy-level who have a record of leadership, a commitment to public service, and the initiative to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading American university.
We appreciate your feedback. Until we meet again on Friday, we wish you a pleasant long weekend and a great week ahead!
Karen Kelley, Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Harare