“I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect.”
This week, President Obama is welcoming nearly 50 African leaders from across the African continent to Washington to take part in a three- day Leaders Summit. The Summit, which takes place from August 4th to August 6th, seeks to strengthen ties between the United States and Africa by focusing on America’s commitment to Africa’s security, development, and its people.
United States national security Advisor Susan E. Rice previews the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in the following video: Susan E. Rice: Previewing the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
African leaders will have an opportunity to engage with President Obama, his Cabinet members, and other key leaders in Washington.
On August 5th, President Obama welcomed African leaders to the White House at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Dinner.
Watch his introductions here:President Obama Speaks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Dinner
Young African leaders shared their hopes for the U.S-Africa Leader’s Summit while visiting the World Bank in July.Watch here: Young African Leaders Share Their Hopes for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
Many of the current issues that young African leaders hoped to improve through this Summit included greater collaboration between the U.S. and Africa, as well as an increase in investment opportunities.
To increase the investment that U.S. companies make in Africa, a U.S.-Africa Business Forum will take place as part of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit. Strengthening the economic relationship between the U.S. and Africa will result in a net gain for workers, entrepreneurs, and communities in the United States and across Africa.
:U.S.- Africa Business Forum Preview Video
Here at All Across Africa, we see socially-just, fair trade in Africa as the way forward for economic development and even stability.
This first ever U.S.-Africa Leader’s Summit is bringing much needed attention to the places we are devoted to creating market-driven employment opportunities for everyday. We look forward to learning more about ways of stimulating growth and opportunity in Africa, and hope the U.S.-Africa Leader’s Summit further improves and empowers the lives of rural and poor people across Africa.