Tomorrow, June 24, 2010, President Clinton will deliver remarks at the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Centre of Memory and Dialogue, which contributes to the making of a just society by promoting the values, vision and work of its Founder. President Clinton was invited to speak as part of the run-up to Mandela Day, a day of service in celebration of Nelson Mandela's birthday on July 18.
In 1998, President Clinton, was the first American president to visit South Africa on a six-country tour of Africa. While in office, he worked to build an unprecedented partnership with the people of Africa, signing the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which dropped quotas and tariffs on 6,500 African products to zero. He forgave international debts for countries who would reinvest their savings into health, education, and economic growth. In 2000, President Clinton traveled to Tanzania to work with former President Nelson Mandela on the Burundi peace process.
After leaving office, President Clinton continues to work in Africa through his Foundation on the issues he cares about most, including HIV/AIDS, climate change, and economic development. Along with Nelson Mandela, President Clinton also helped launch CityYear South Africa in 2005, an organization that gives young people the chance to volunteer. Participants will be in attendance.