The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is seen as an opportunity or theft of opportunity with President Joe Biden announcing the investment of billions not in a country but a continent, Africa as a whole. The investment is seen as a way to improve relations between the United States and Africa after former President Donald Trump was accused of racism and xenophobia. Some feel the investment is overdue, while others feel it could be used to take advantage of Africa’s resources.
The past years have seen other countries become increasingly involved in Africa, leading to economic bankruptcy and leaving the country and its economy at low points. This has made some people happy and others confused. The involvement of other countries has led to a decline in the standard of living for many people, as well as an increase in poverty and inequality.
The meeting was held in the Salamander, Washington D.C. hotel, the White House Harry S Truman Building, where 49 African leaders were present. The meeting lasted for four days, from the 12th to the 15th of December. This is the first since the last meeting in 2014 during Barack Obama’s presidency. The goal of this summit is to build and strengthen goals between the two sides. The meeting focused on discussing ways to improve trade, promote investment, and grow the economies of both Africa and the United States. Leaders also discussed ways to promote democracy and good governance, as well as ways to address conflict and instability on the continent.
The forum was a very good meeting. It gave a clear insight into the problems in Africa. Africans were shocked by the words that were spoken by the US president, many had already lost hope for anything to be done or said on a day like that but were shocked by the words and investments of hope by the president. The President tagged the problems as “clear and urgent”. Meaning they can’t be hidden but we the people have lived with this problem for many years now.
From the speech of the president, you could perceive a kind of interest in the resources of Africa; ranging from the people to the minerals to the products. He called out on the potential of our youth and called our lands Good, a compliment we never give ourselves or our land.
The big question is how can the U.S. help solve the Problems in Africa as a whole continent. The problems that Africa deals with are unique and require different solutions than what has been done in the past. For example, Africa has a high rate of child mortality, which requires different solutions than what would be necessary to solve problems with infrastructure or education. In order to help Africa as a whole, the U.S. needs to be willing to take a holistic approach and look at the continent as a whole, rather than just focusing on individual countries.
There were so many things mentioned by the president which baffled me about his interest in these continents; Establishment of a diaspora council by the Secretary of state. It was named the president’s advisory council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United states PAC-ADE). Investment in the employment opportunity of the youth. This program was called the “Youth African Leader Initiative,” (YALI)to boost economic growth and opportunity.
The G20 membership currently includes 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. At the Hamburg summit in July 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the need to make Africa a member of the G20. Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and is an important trading partner for many G20 members. Adding Africa to the G20 would help to ensure that the group is better representative of the global economy and would help to boost growth and development on the continent.
The 21st century partnership for African security provides solutions to African security. Among these solutions, is the provision of health services to the African people. The provision of health services is essential in order to build a strong health system which the masses can benefit from. Climate change, adaptation and resilience are also crucial in order to ensure the security of the African people.
Africa has the potential to shape the future for not just the continent, but for the entire world. This was the belief of the president, and he was not alone in thinking this. Many people in Africa believe that the continent has the potential to be a problem solver on a global scale. This belief is based on the fact that Africa has many incredible resources and talented people. The president recognizes this and believes that the forum will yield positive results. Past presidents have had a significant impact on Africa, and the president is hoping to continue this trend. One example of this is the program launched by George W. Bush to fight HIV and AIDS. This program cost $100 million and saved 25 million lives.
Power Africa is an initiative begun by President Barack Obama in 2013. The initiative’s goal is to increase electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa by adding more than 30,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections.cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections.
The initiative has been a success so far, with more than $54 billion in commitments from the private sector and more than 3,000 megawatts of new generating capacity added. The initiative is helping to increase access to electricity in Africa and is also creating new jobs and business opportunities.
It is no secret that the United States has not always had the best relationship with African nations. In fact, for much of the country’s history, the US has been embroiled in conflict with various African nations, often in the pursuit of its own interests. However, it seems that things might be changing under the new administration. President Joe Biden has made it a priority to invest in African development, with the goal of creating lasting prosperity for the continent.
In just his first few months in office, President Biden has already taken steps to increase US investment in Africa. He has created a new position on the National Security Council dedicated to Africa, and has appointed an experienced diplomat to lead it. He has also increased financial support for the African continent.
The one that we found most shocking will be its plan to be involved in political matters of African countries. Thus many find it great because the political standard in most African countries is discouraging and many have lost hope in fair elections and written leaders. While some will say this is a plan to put someone they like to the U.S. advantage for future embezzlement.
Both opinions might be right but the latter is better than the former. We have suffered enough at the hands of our cruel people. Let me put it this way, at least we get to have crumbs that fall on the floor.
There is also an investment of $500 million into road maintenance, for the good food movement to reduce costs and boost the economy. Many jumped for joy as this is an issue for many African countries and a constant excuse for inflation of needs price. This will increase trade between African countries.
What caught most of our attention was the implementation of the African continental free trade area which will represent the largest free trade. Wow❕ This is going to open job opportunities for many of the unemployed masses.
Speaking of job opportunities, Joe Biden dropped a big bomb on the potential youths. There will be digital transformation and collaboration with Microsoft and Viasat for internet access, so if you are an online worker it’s time to hit full speed and if you are not I’ll just encourage you to start.
There will also be training too
There is also a collaboration with banks and other agencies cisco Systems and bastion to put an end to cybercrime, this is a message and opportunity to ours the yahoo boys there. I guess you guys the yahoo boys just ran out of luck.
The president said they are creating a system where no one is left behind, well with this system, no one is left behind. The rate of information on the problems in Africa is so real. The rate at which the us president addressed these issues more than the countries leader baffles me till today. There was also a shared interest in promoting health facilities and care. This is a great idea, an adage says health is wealth. The focus on the health of the people is also an investment in health. The people make the economy, it was very wise of the president to involve the health of the people.
I believe in an old and popular saying: nothing goes for free. All these billions of dollars will just be given and America will just leave, we all know they are not that stupid. All these infrastructures might be controlled by the American leys look at how the Chinese economy grew since they started building infrastructures and controlling them.
Selfish leaders are those who put their own interests ahead of the interests of the people they are supposed to be representing. The consequences of this behaviour are often borne by the people themselves, in the form of poor governance, economic hardship, and social instability. African countries have experienced firsthand the negative impacts of selfish leadership, and it is time for a change. We need leaders who are selfless, who put the needs of the people first, and who are committed to making their countries better places to live.
Africa is a continent full of natural resources and potential. However, much of this potential remains untapped due to poor infrastructure and governance. If African leaders could invest more in their countries, the continent could see a drastic transformation.
Poor infrastructure and governance are two major obstacles preventing Africa from realising its potential. If African leaders could invest more in their countries, these issues could be addressed. This would result in a more prosperous and stable Africa, which would benefit everyone on the continent.
This Story was produced by Idoko Victoria and Edited by Ericson Mangoli for Who Owns Africa.