Washington Welcomes African Leaders for First U.S.-Africa Summit

U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit (Dept. of State)
U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit (Dept. of State)

ABIDJAN – Secretary John Kerry and other high ranking U.S. officials welcomed leaders from across the African continent to Washington, DC for the three-day U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit from August 4-6, 2014.  The theme of the Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation.”

In his remarks opening at the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

“We want and we will work hard to get more American companies to invest in Africa.  We also want more African companies to invest here in the United States, and there’s no reason that they shouldn’t.  The fact is, today, Africa is increasingly a destination for American investment and tourism, and African institutions are increasingly leading efforts to solve African problems.  All of this underscores that dramatic transformation is possible, and it’s possible in the next few years.  Prosperity can actually replace poverty, and cooperation can actually triumph over conflict.”

Secretary also addressed a Civil Society Forum.  Other events at the Leaders Summit included sessions on Investing in Women for Peace and Prosperity, Investing in Health, Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate, and Combating Wildlife Trafficking.  To conclude the day the African leaders will join members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for a reception on Capitol Hill.

As a partner, the United States brings a unique approach to the table, as it is concerned with building African capacity and integrating Africa into the global economy and security order. In a world filled with challenges, the U.S.is focused on the enormous opportunities in Africa – to create new markets; consolidate democratic progress; and advance human rights and development.

This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, is designed to strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions.