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US AFRICA LEADERS SUMMIT - A RESET IN US AFRICA RELATIONS?

 

us africa leaders summit

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African Heads of State are heading to Washington DC for the 2014 US Africa LEADERS Summit organized by the Obama administration.  Critics are asking, why the summit and why now?  What are the expectations of the White house and how will this “August” meeting engage the African Diaspora in problem solving for the continent? African policy analysts will be following every panel on the summit agenda to determine the future of US engagement in Africa now dominated by China.

In a conference call with international and US media, State Department officials focused their discussions on some of the priorities of the Obama administration toward Africa.  Global and regional health,global security, terrorism, trade relations and investments, were some of the highlights of the conference call yesterday.  There seems to be a serious commitment by the Obama administration to dramatically change the level of engagement with Africa by first recognizing Africa Heads of State as partners on the global stage, in what will be a historic meeting of 50 African Heads of State in Washington DC. Secondly, a commitment by the White house to the youth of Africa through the YALI program created to build and empower Africa’s future leaders. 

The George W Bush administration participated in a similar event in 2003, organized by the Corporate Council on Africa and was represented by a handful of African Presidents.  The major benchmarks from that gathering, was establishing AGOA, offering to be a partner in fighting HIVAids, now the PEPFAR program continued by the Obama administration, and getting President Charles Taylor of Liberia out of power to answer for war crimes against his own people. See links bellow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bx4aViXbb0&index=16&list=UUK6ua_kujF6okfGtUp6nDTw

 

 

Will the 2014 US Africa LEADERS Summit be a reset in US Africa relations? Stay tuned. 

 

 

Patience Emeni

Acichannel.com

                

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