U.S. invites African leaders for first US-Africa Leaders Summit

Barack Obama

Countries not in good standing with the US and those suspended from the African Union will not be invited to the summit

The United States government and African leaders will meet in Washington DC on August 5 and 6, 2014 for the inaugural edition of the U.S. –African leaders Summit, the White House has announced.

The summit will focus on trade and investment in Africa, U.S. commitment to security, democratic development and the people of the “world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing region”, a White House statement stated.

It will also build on the progress made since the President’s Barack Obama last visit to Africa.

During his visit to Africa last July, Mr Obama promised a “partnership of equals that focuses on your capacity to solve problems, and your capacity to grow” the continent. According to him the new “model of partnership” transcends the provision of aids it will instead focus on more trade and investment.

Mr. Obama promised to give priority attention to power generation, food security and health, and peace and security.

However, countries not in good standing with the U.S. and those suspended from the African Union, AU, will not be invited to the summit.

Alongside the Chairperson of the AU, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the leaders of Angola, Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia are expected to be invited.

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