U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott will accompany President Clinton on a trip to Africa aimed at reinforcing economic and democratic reforms.
The trip, announced Friday, will focus on trade and investment, education, rule of law, conflict resolution and food security in Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana and Senegal. The delegation is to leave today.
It is the first major presidential trip to Africa since Jimmy Carter’s twocountry visit 20 years ago.
Before being elected to Congress, McDermott served with the U.S. Foreign Service as a regional medical officer in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.