Obama to create African legacy

By on August 5, 2014

This week, the President of the USA, Barak Obama will welcome leaders from across the African continent to the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind.

This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, will build on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and it will strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions.

“The importance of this for America needs to be understood,” Obama says. “Africa is growing and you’ve got thriving markets and you’ve got entrepreneurs and extraordinary talent among the people there.”

Obama’s aim, and that of the summit in general, is to advance America’s shift in focus away from aid to that of trade and investment in Africa and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.

According to Obama, trade and business are the kind of relationship Africa is looking for.

At the same time, it will highlight the depth and breadth of the United States’ commitment to the African continent, advance shared priorities, and enable discussion of concrete ideas to deepen the partnership. At its core, this Summit is about fostering stronger ties between the United States and Africa.

The theme of the Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation.” Focusing on the next generation is at the core of a government’s responsibility and work, and this Summit is an opportunity to discuss ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities, and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.

By bringing together 50 delegations to discuss ways to expand markets and investment, Obama wants to create a legacy that future presidents will want to replicate.

“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,” says Obama.

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