Barack Obama calls for a new model of partnership between Africa and America

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US President Barack Obama says there is need for a new model of partnership between Africa and America.

Addressed about 47 Heads of State and Government at the opening session of the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC on Wednesday, Mr Obama emphasised the need for a new model of partnership between Africa and America.

President Obama described Africa and America as equals that needed to focus on Africa’s capacity to solve problems and to grow.

He appreciated the valuable contributions made by the faith community whom he said had helped sustain US-Africa relations.

Mr Obama said the faith community reminded the world of its inherent dignity of every human being and the need to be rooted in empathy and compassion for all.

The US president said there was need to look at the opportunity to expand trade that could create jobs and new trade deals which he said was an important step to accelerate investment.

He said leaders at the summit would look at the area of strengthening governance upon which economic growth and free societies depended.

Mr Obama further said that deepening security cooperation against common threats was an important topic that needed to be discussed at the summit, which is the first of its kind to be hosted by an American president.

Meanwhile, President Obama held a news conference last evening as the three-day US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC drew to a close.

Mr Obama said African leaders at the summit pledged to step up efforts in pursuing reforms that attracted investment, reduced barriers that stifled trade and to promote regional integration.

He said the US would also increase support to help build Africa’s capacity to trade with itself and the world.

Mr Obama also recognised the need to empower women if any meaningful development was to take place in Africa.

The summit, which started on Monday this week, ended on Wednesday with African leaders optimistic about their partnership with America.

4 Comments

  1. 1 flag OBATALA

    …….“Mr Obama said African leaders at the summit pledged to step up efforts in pursuing reforms that attracted investment”….I wonder if our UNEDUCATED PF colleagues (according to the Mwembeshi Reject Wynter) truly understand the meaning of this statement by Mr Obama?

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  2. 2 flag Anderson Chisala

    hahahaha @Obatala.

    Your friends (Journalists) are working. Bad reporting for sure!!! I wonder which schools these guys go to.

    All eyes of the West especially Europe r on Africa. Europe ve nothing to offer they ve to go back to there colonies….!!! Welcome home to Africa !!!

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  3. 3 flag Jay Jay

    What partnership? When he has protectionist policies. …Obama is just a trojan horse and puppet. ..we have nothing in common with him.

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  4. 4 flag immanuel kalwenya

    Ah!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay away far from us you kill us many years we dont want your policy
    how many policy you creaty for us? you do in oder to finish us your kill Gadafi and many more Know you you call us your friend we are not .

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