The Foreign Service Journal - September 2014 - page 55

AFSA Hos t s Bu s i nes s
Round t ab l e t o Ex ped i t e
Con f i rma t i on s
AFSA reached out to the business com-
munity recently as part of its continuing
effort to expedite the U.S. Senate confir-
mation of ambassadorial appointees.
On June 24, AFSA’s advocacy depart-
ment brought together entrepreneurs,
business leaders and government affairs
professionals to consider the impact of
delays in the confirmation process on
our country’s ability to effectively serve
American interests.
The discussion focused on Africa,
where nearly a quarter of our missions
had no ambassador as of August 2014.
The African countries awaiting American
ambassadors are Botswana, Cabo Verde,
Lesotho, Madagascar and Comoros,
Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone
and Zambia.
The career diplomats nominated to
these countries have been waiting for an
average of eight months.
The combined trade between the
United States and these African countries
was more than 1.8 billion in 2013, accord-
ing to the U.S. Trade Representative.
The roundtable gave participants the
opportunity to hear from area experts,
share concerns and ask questions about
the role and importance of chiefs of
mission for U.S. national security and
economic prosperity.
—Debra Blome, Associate Editor
Ambassadors in Waiting. The data on the 48
ambassadorial nominations still awaiting Senate
confirmation as of Sept. 8, 2014, shown here
was compiled by AFSA. For more information
on ambassadorial appointments, see AFSA’s
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