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‘U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to deepen U.S. partnerships with Nigeria, others’

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will deepen the United States of America’s partnerships with Nigeria and other African democracies, according to the U.S. embassy in Nigeria…

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will deepen the United States of America’s partnerships with Nigeria and other African democracies, according to the U.S. embassy in Nigeria
President Joe Biden has invited 49 African heads of state and the head of the African Union to Washington, D.C. for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit December 13-15.
According to the U.S., the goal of the summit is to build and expand vital political, economic, and strategic partnerships, as well as people-to-people dialogue, based on mutual interests and shared priorities in Africa.
The summit’s agenda will be packed, including increasing sustainable food production, strengthening health systems, providing humanitarian assistance, responding to the climate crisis, reinforcing democracy and human rights, boosting U.S.-African trade, advancing peace and security, and even enhancing space research and cooperation, the embassy added.
President Biden believes that U.S. collaboration with African leaders, as well as civil society, business, diaspora, women, and youth leaders, is essential to address these shared challenges.
According to U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, the upcoming summit presents opportunities to deepen U.S.-Nigeria bilateral ties on multiple levels.
“We look forward not only to the Nigerian government’s robust participation in the summit, but also to hearing the views of all stakeholders in Nigeria’s promising future, including independent voices from the private sector, civil society, young people, women, and all those who are working to build a strong and inclusive democracy,” she said.
The summit is also an opportunity for the United States and the American people to reiterate their profound and enduring interest in engaging with Africa as a whole.
As U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, noted during his trips to Nigeria last year and to other countries in the region earlier this year, Leonard reiterated that Africa’s demographic growth and economic potential will shape not just the future of its people, it will also shape the world.