Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What is The 2014 U.S. - African Leaders Summit ?

The 2014 U.S. - African Leaders Summit is the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government. This 3-day event builds on the President Obama's trip to Africa in the summer of  2013 and aims to strengthen the relationship between the United States and one of the world's most dynamic and fastest growing regions.

Specifically, the August 4-6 summit advances the Obama Administration's focus on trade and investment in Africa. It reinforces America's commitment to the people of Africa, their security, and democratic development. The summit also serves to highlight the depth and breadth of the United States' commitment to the African continent, advances our shared priorities, and enables discussion of concrete ideas to deepen the partnership. At its core, this Summit is about fostering stronger ties between the United States and Africa. Some 50 African leaders are expected to attend the three day event.

Some have questioned whether this summit is in response to China's growing presence in the continent of Africa. Administration officials have downplayed China being a reason for their energized interest in Africa.

Administrator of The U.S. Agency for International Development Rajiv Shah indicates the interest in Africa is genuine-pointed to projects like Power Africa. Power Africa a privately funded program launched by President Barack Obama last year to install 10,000 megawatts of new generation capacity and connect 20 million new customers across Africa by 2018.
Officials  say American interests go beyond Africa's oil and minerals, areas on which some say China is focused.

Go the White House's 2014 U.S. - African Leaders Summit Page For a Full Agenda and List of Events.
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