The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

President Obama pledged increased collaboration with the African Union

 

United States President, H.E. Barack Obama with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 29 June 2013.

Johannesburg, South Africa - 29 June, 2013: “We stand ready and eager to work with the African Union for the best engagement of the United States with Africa. If there is a strong African Union, any help that is provided by the US becomes more effective than us doing things on our own.” United States President, H.E. Barack Obama told the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma when they met in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 29 June 2013.

President Obama also highlighted the great opportunity existing for cooperation with Africa in various areas under the leadership of the AUC Chairperson.

Being the maiden official encounter between the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and a sitting US President, Dr. Dlamini Zuma and President Barack Obama exchanged views on areas of mutual interest aimed at boosting the AU-US partnership.

Focus of their conversations was on development, food security, trade, infrastructure, energy and security, with emphasis on building the capacity of women and youth across these areas. “Women and youth,” Dr. Dlamini Zuma highlighted, “remain at the centre of any development efforts, as they will be the drivers towards prosperity.” She called for more US support to academic and research institutions to strengthen their capacity for skills development on the continent.

President Obama assured Dr. Dlamini Zuma of the many areas of cooperation, and expressed the US’s willingness to work together to ensure mutual benefits for the US and African countries.

Identifying the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which has benefitted a number of African countries, President Obama said the timing is just right to find ways to improve its performance given its renewal due in 2015. However, the AUC Chairperson noted the importance of extending AGOA to impact on economic growth, unity and integration of the continent. About 38 of 54 African countries currently benefit from AGOA.

Dr. Dlamini Zuma expressed her concern over the possibilities of Africa losing the benefits of AGOA in the US-EU transatlantic trade agreement. Nevertheless, President Obama reassured that rather than being a threat to Africa, it will be an opportunity to enhance trade and investment opportunities for US and African companies. “We hope to work with the private sector to invest in infrastructure.” President Obama promised.

Africa presents enormous investment opportunities in transport and communication infrastructure, as well as energy, including clean and renewable energy. Recalling his initiative presented during the last G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, President Obama said the US is ready to send teams of negotiators to help African countries to better negotiate contracts in the extractive industries. The AUC Chairperson welcomed this initiative, emphasizing the importance of increasing processing on the continent, which will both create jobs locally and increase local revenue.

In the area of peace and security, President Obama congratulated AMISOM for a great job done in Somalia, amidst the enormous challenges. He encouraged the AU and its member States not to pull out fast from Somalia. He equally noted the situation in South and South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Central Africa Republic and in Uganda with the Lord Resistance Army. He extended his government’s readiness to provide support in any ways that it could, including building capacity. But he quickly added that local support from the region will be needed.

Welcoming President Obama’s offer of assistance, Dr. Dlamini Zuma assured him that the AU and its member States cannot pull immediately from Somalia. She underscored the help needed by those countries. However, she called for a more comprehensive approach to tackling the recurrent issues of insecurity in those countries in particularly, and Africa in general.

The two leaders promised to remain engaged on these issues.  

African Union



 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

June 2017 Edition

 
 
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A selfless, defiant spirit and a pillar of democracy - Andimba Herman ToivoyaToivo 13 June 2017 Robben Island Museum (RIM) joins Namibians and the rest of the World in conveying our heartfelt... <|> 119th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence 12 June 2017 Ambassador Joseph Gerard B. Angeles of the Philippines in South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the 119th... <|> Launching ties between Kakheti and Cape Winelands On 14 June 2017, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province town of Stellenbosch, Mrs. Helena Von Schlicht, the Executive Mayor of Cape Winelands... <|> Madagascar turns to SA for investment 15 June 2017 Malagasy President Henry Rajaonarimampianina has urged South African businesses to invest in Madagascar. President Rajaonarimampianina said his... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> Welcome to South Africa 8 June 2017 President Jacob Zuma of South Africa received Letters of Credence from new Heads of Mission accredited to South Africa. Photo: Standing (l-r) Mr Eric Franck... <|> Good neighbours, France and South Africa On Monday 12 June 2017, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception in honour of Brigadier General Franck... <|> Lack of education and mismatched skills Brussels, Belguim- 7th June 2017: The African Union Commission cautions that the future of Africa’s economic growth and the future of millions of Africans,... <|> BRICS ministers meeting Pretoria - Trade, climate change, reforms of the United Nations and terrorism were high on the agenda when the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Beijing on 19 June... <|> <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.