Africa-America Ties : Renewed Commitment Towards Common Good

Leaders from Africa and President Joe Biden ended their three-day Summit in Washington, D.C. with several engagements taken on both sides.

Talks of ensuring a shared vision, improving on infrastructure, increasing investments, making the living conditions of the population better and much more characterized discussions from 13-15 December, 2022 in Washington, D.C. These engagements were taken during the second edition of the US-Africa Leaders Summit that held eight years after the first such gathering which took place from 5-6 August 2014 still in the United States of America. President Biden who hosted the event this year received most of the leaders in 2014 as US Vice President under Barack Obama, a sign that leaders of the Democratic Party in America could be having a soft spot for the African Continent.

Total Mobilisation
Various conferences at the summit saw the mobilization of the entire American government beginning from President Joe Biden who addressed his African peers at the end of the US-Africa Business Forum (USABF), received them at a dinner the same day on 14 December and made several promises for a shared vision between Africa and the United States on the last day of the Summit on 15 December, 2022. Apart from the US President, his Vice Kamara Harris; Secretary of State, Anthony J. Blinken; Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman; the Administrator of USAID, Samantha Power; Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Don Graves and others all joined various African leaders like Presidents Paul Biya of Cameroon, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Nana Dankwa Akufo Addo of Ghana, William Ruto of Kenya and others to present their visions on the different conversations that took place at the event.  

Ground-breaking Announcements
President Joe Biden announced a number of steps that his government either through direct initiative with the different state departments or through the American Congress is envisaging to reinforce their commitment towards Africa. Among others, he talked of supporting the inclusion of Africa as a permanent member into the Security Council of the United Nations, Africa joining G20. The US President said he is determined to have the “United States to invest in Africa’s people, Africa’s infrastructure, Africa’s agriculture, Africa’s health system, Africa’s security, and more.” Looking at sectors that matter to the peoples of Africa, President Biden sited the desire to extend their outreach via increase “collaboration in every area, from rural communities to urban centers, to cyber space to outer space.” Some of these projects will be part of a 55Billion US dollars funding that the United States is putting at the disposal of Africa in the next three years. 



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