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Africa Regional Services celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 7th, 2012 at the Hôtel de Talleyrand. The celebratory reception was attended by over 200 American, African, and French contacts from the fields of journalism, publishing, academia, the arts, and government. US Ambassador to France Charles Rivkin's remarks noted the importance of ARS over its long existence, beginning with the Kennedy administration in the early 1960s. Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Bruce Wharton highlighted examples of ARS’s impact on Africa’s future leaders, such as a young readers’ book discussion in Côte d’Ivoire and youth leadership training with an American basketball coach Tommy Davis who travelled to Central African Republic. The reception was held at Embassy Paris’s most historic property, the Hôtel de Talleyrand.
   
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