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World: Joe Biden invites African countries to the USA-Africa summit scheduled for December 2022

The United States Department of State, through a press release published on Wednesday July 20, 2022, announced the holding in Washington of the United States of America-Africa summit scheduled for December 13 to 15, 2022.

For the President of the United States, Joe Biden, indicates the press release, these foundations will demonstrate ” U.S. enduring commitment to Africa and will underscore the importance of the U.S.-Africa relationship, as well as closer cooperation on shared global priorities. »

This meeting will allow Washington to discuss with its African partners points of cooperation on several subjects, in particular those concerning food security in the midst of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and climate change.

It will also be an opportunity for the various stakeholders to make a new economic commitment and reaffirm their intentions to promote peace and democracy.

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will build on our shared values ​​to further promote new economic engagement, to strengthen U.S. and African commitment to democracy and human rights, to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and future pandemics, to work collaboratively to improve regional and global health, to promote food security, to advance peace and security, to respond to the climate crisis and to increase ties with the diaspora »said Joe Biden.

In addition, the U.S. President is pleased to work with African governments, civil society, U.S. diaspora communities, and the private sector to continue to strengthen the shared vision for the future of U.S. relations. United and Africa.

It should be noted that this announcement comes as the United States has been losing momentum for several years in Africa.

The Biden administration is therefore trying to catch up with China, the continent’s largest trading partner.

To date, trade between China and Africa reached the volume of 64.8 billion dollars in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 23% compared to the same period in 2021.

According to data from the General Administration of Customs of the Republic of China, this growth was mainly driven by the increase in imports of raw materials from Africa.

Agnes KAYEMBE

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