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Guide to the US-Africa Leaders Summit

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August 4-6

“I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect.”

President Obama

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President Obama Participates in a Family Photo with Leaders

Schedule of Events:

10:00 AM ET — President Obama Delivers Remarks and Participates in Session I: Investing in Africa’s Future
12:05 PM ET — President Obama Participates in a Family Photo with Leaders
2:30 PM PM ET — President Obama Participates in Session 3: Governing the Next Generation
5:00 PM PM ET — President Obama Holds a Press Conference

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Schedule of Events:

10:00 AM ET — A Conversation between Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bush Moderated by Cokie Roberts
11:35 PM ET — Dr. Biden Speaks on Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders

President Obama welcomes leaders from across the African continent to the nation’s capital for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind. This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, builds on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and will strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions. Specifically, the August 4-6 Summit advances the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa and highlights America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people. At the same time, it highlights the depth and breadth of the United States’ commitment to the African continent, advances our shared priorities, and enables discussion of concrete ideas to deepen the partnership. At its core, this Summit is about fostering stronger ties between the United States and Africa.

The theme of the Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation.” Focusing on the next generation is at the core of a government’s responsibility and work, and this Summit is an opportunity to discuss ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities, and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.

Read the transcript from a conference call previewing the Summit, featuring:

  • Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting
  • Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
  • Gayle Smith, Senior Director for Development and Democracy at the National Security Council

Susan E. Rice: Previewing the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Program of Events

View a PDF of the schedule.

Throughout the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, African leaders will have an opportunity to engage with President Obama, his Cabinet members, and other key leaders, including business executives from the U.S. and Africa, Members of Congress, and members of civil society.

Discussions will center 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 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. An invitation was also extended to the African Union Chairperson.

We are pleased to welcome the following participating countries, whose Heads of Delegation are listed below:


Description of Events


Signature Events
The Summit includes six U.S. Government-sponsored “Signature Events,” allowing for in-depth conversations on some of the most pressing issues facing the U.S.-Africa partnership. These sessions will set the stage for the high-level discussions that President Obama will chair during the subsequent Summit leader meetings.

Faith Works: Honoring the Contributions of the Faith Community to Peace and Prosperity in Africa


Signature Events
On August 4, the Summit held the following Signature Events:

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
Combating Wildlife Trafficking

AGOA Forum
To further demonstrate our commitment to the sustainable economic growth and development in Africa U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman hosted the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial at the World Bank. African and U.S. trade officials discussed the future of the AGOA program and U.S. plans to pursue renewal of AGOA legislation.

Capitol Hill Reception
The Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees hosted a welcome reception for African leaders on Capitol Hill in the afternoon.


U.S.-Africa Business Forum
On August 5, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies co-hosted the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa. President Obama participated in the Business Forum along with Secretary Pritzker and Mayor Bloomberg, as well as other senior U.S. government officials. Held at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., the U.S.-Africa Business Forum aimed 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 focused 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 engaged with business executives from both sides of the Atlantic in conversations about successes and solutions to increase trade with and invest in Africa. President Obama also participated in the conversation with CEOs and government leaders from the United States and Africa.

White House Dinner on the occasion of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
On the evening of August 5, President and Mrs. Obama hosted a dinner at the White House for African heads of state and government and select guests. See more details about the dinner, including a list of expected attendees.


Summit Leader Meetings
African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in three action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.

Leader Session I – Investing in Africa’s Future
The opening session will discuss inclusive, sustainable development, economic growth, and trade and investment.

Leader Session II – Peace and Regional Stability
A working lunch centered around shared concerns regarding peace and security, including a discussion of long-term solutions to regional conflicts, peacekeeping challenges, and combating transnational threats.

Leader Session III – Governing for the Next Generation
This session will allow for a candid conversation about the greatest challenges and opportunities for Africa’s continued political and economic progress and a specific focus on governance. This session will focus on how to enhance governance in order to deliver services to citizens, attract and prepare for increased domestic and foreign direct investment, manage transnational threats, and stem the flow of illicit finance.

Leader Press Conferences

Spousal Program
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 Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

Tune in here at WH.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit.

A Dialogue with African CEOs
On August 6, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks and the Congressional Black Caucus Africa Task Force will host “A Dialogue with African CEOs,” entailing panel discussions and networking with African business and political leaders, U.S. private sector representatives, and members of Congress.


Any media-related questions should be directed to the U.S. Media Coordinator’s Office, at AfricaSummitMedia@state.gov.

Side Events

In order to leverage the presence in Washington, D.C. of so many African leaders as well as the intense interest in U.S.-Africa ties that the Summit has engendered, a number of non-government actors — the private sector and non-profit organizations — are organizing events along the margins to coincide with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

National Statements

The historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will be an action-oriented, dynamic opportunity to discuss issues of concern to our African partners and the United States. Below are the national statements produced in advance by participating countries to allow maximum time for open discussion and exchange of ideas during the Summit events.

View all statements


YALI / Young African Leaders Initiative / logoPresident Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 to support young leaders with opportunities and resources. Through YALI, the United States is committing significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people. Investing in the next generation of African leaders is critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies.

July 28, 2014
The President Holds a Town Hall with Young African Leaders

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the exchange program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program brings over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring. It also creates unique opportunities in Africa, through internships and follow-on opportunities, to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions. To be part of the YALI Network, follow @YALINetwork on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

For more information on YALI, please visit YoungAfricanLeaders.state.gov.


Taken from: Whitehouse.gov

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