The White House on Thursday released the official programme for the upcoming United States-African Leaders Summit scheduled for 4-6 August in Washington DC.
A statement sent to the Nation by the White House spokesperson indicates that the heads of state and government attending the forum will be collectively hosted to a state dinner at the White House on August 5th. Their spouses are also invited.
Throughout the Summit, African leaders will have an opportunity to engage with President Obama, his Cabinet members and other key leaders, including business executives from the US and Africa, Members of Congress and members of civil society.
Discussions will centre on how to encourage progress in key areas that Africans define as critical for the future of the continent: expanding trade and investment ties, engaging young African leaders, promoting inclusive sustainable development, expanding cooperation on peace and security, and gaining a better future for Africa’s next generation.
President Obama invited all African heads of state or government in good standing with the United States and the African Union to attend the US-Africa Leaders Summit. An invitation was also extended to the African Union Chairperson.
On August 4, US Cabinet officials will host a number of Signature Events on key topics of importance to the United States and African partners, including a Civil Society Forum, Investing in Women, Peace and Prosperity, Investing in Health: Investing in Africa’s Future, Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate, and Combating Wildlife Trafficking.
These events will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, across the street from the U.S. Department of State, and will be by invitation only.
And in an attempt to demonstrate his administration’s commitment to sustainable economic growth and development in Africa, Mr Obama has instructed U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial forum at the World Bank. African and US trade officials will discuss the future of the AGOA program and U.S. plans to pursue renewal of AGOA legislation.
The Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees will host a welcome reception for African leaders on Capitol Hill in the afternoon of August 4.
On August 5, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies will co-host the first US-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa.
President Obama will participate in the Business Forum along with Penny Pritzker and Michael Bloomberg, as will other senior US government officials. Scheduled to be held at the Mandarin Oriental, in Washington, DC, the US-Africa Business Forum will “seek to intensify efforts to strengthen trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa and to create partnerships that will promote trade, accelerate job growth, and encourage investment”.
The Forum will focus on U.S. private sector engagement in Africa in the areas of finance and capital investment; infrastructure; power and energy; agriculture; consumer goods; and information and communication technology. African leaders will engage with business executives from both sides of the Atlantic to engage in conversations about successes and solutions to increase trade with and invest in Africa. President Obama will participate in the conversation with CEOs and government leaders from the United States and Africa.
On the evening of August 5, President and Mrs. Obama will host a dinner at the White House for African heads of state and government and select guests.
On August 6, the African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in three action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.
On August 6, First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Centre focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.
After the sessions, the leaders will field questions from journalists in a press conference.
In February this year, President Obama sent out invitations to leaders across the African continent to the Nation’s Capital for the three-day US-Africa Leaders Summit, the first of its kind.
A Statement by President Obama’s Press secretary said the forum would be a follow-up on meetings the Mr Obama had previously held with African heads of state and government.
“It will build on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and it will strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions,” said the statement.
The theme of the Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation.”
On Wednesday, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said President Obama will not meet individually with any African Presidents.
–White House :US-Africa Leaders Summit programme