President Obama Underscores Africa’s Promise

store geneva;”>viagra dosage sans-serif; font-style: normal;”>“This is the last lap of my visit to Africa. At each stop, my paramount message has been that even if this continent is faced with great challenges, it is also a moment of promise and hope for Africa”.

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“Africa is a continent of hope”, said Obama in a speech at a business forum on July 1, in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

He said this in the presence of his host, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group.

”This is homage to the extraordinary determination and talents of Africans all over the continent and I believe that this should create opportunities for setting up a new type of relationship between the United States and Africa,” said Obama.

He noted that this partnership with Africa would be founded on equality and shared interests.

The American president emphasised that this partnership should start with due consideration to the achievements that are witnessed and the empowerment of Africans for greater access to more economic opportunities.

During the trip that took him successively to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, the US President demonstrated the readiness of the United States to be present at the dawn of “Africa’s awakening”.

“A continent full of hope and promise, which in spite of manifold drawbacks brought about by the global economic situation has shown great resilience with the result that many an African country has registered tangible positive results,” he said.

The unveiling of the “Power Africa” initiative in Dar es Salaam on July 1, an investment that is expected to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa, was proof enough that President Obama is well aware of the importance of energy for Africa.

Furthermore, in his speech, Obama paid tribute to Africa’s premier development finance institution: “I want to thank the African Development Bank for its assistance” in the “Power Africa” project, he declared.

He had earlier announced other major American initiatives relating to trade and the Africa-America summit slated for 2014, whose object is to strengthen cooperation between the United States of America and Africa.


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