USA sends delegation to African Cup of Nations

THE United States of America has sent a delegation to market the country during the 2024 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The delegation of sports official under the President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States (PAC-ADE), flew to the West African country today, ahead of the tournament that kicks off on January 13.

Some 24 African countries will be taking part in the AFCON which is Africa’s largest sporting event and which will end on February 11.

In a statement, the U.S. Department of State will showcase U.S. investments in Ivory Coast and strengthen cultural and economic ties between African communities, the global African diaspora, and the United States.

The delegation is supported by the Global Engagement Center (GEC) and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

It includes Lisa Leslie, Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Basketball Hall of Fame Crystal Dunn, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Star

“In Abidjan the delegation will engage government officials, international partners, civil society, and Ivoirian youth, leveraging the unifying power of sports to strengthen ties between Americans and our African partners,” the official statement said.

Announced by President Biden and Secretary Blinken in September 2023, PAC-ADE provides invaluable guidance to reinforce cultural, social, political, and economic ties between the United States and Africa, and also promotes trade, investment, and educational exchanges between the United States and Africa.

The United States extends best wishes to the 24 teams competing for the Africa Cup of Nations’ championship..

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