Biden Establishes Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement

By Ajong Mbapndah L

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meet with Angolan President Joao Lourenco during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit 2022 in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool

U.S. President Joe Biden, on December 13, 2022, announced the creation of an advisory council on African diaspora engagement in the United States.

According to the White House, the council will consist of 12 members who reflect the diversity of the African Diaspora from African American and African immigrant communities.

Members will include individuals in government, sports, creative industries, business, academia, social work, and faith-based activities. They shall serve for 2-year terms without compensation or reimbursement.

Moreover, appointments to the Advisory Council shall be made without regard to political affiliation.

The council’s main task is to advise the President on strengthening connections between the United States Government and the African Diaspora in the United States, as described in the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub‑Saharan Africa.

The advice will reach President Biden through the Secretary of State, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), and the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy (APDP).

“The African Diaspora in the United States is a source of strength, and encompasses African Americans — including descendants of enslaved Africans — and nearly two million African immigrants who have close familial, social, and economic connections to the African continent,” said President Biden in an executive order.

The United States State Department will set up the council in 180 days.


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