A senior official of the African Union said next month’s US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership.
Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such as investing in the continent’s future and peace and security.
The summit is scheduled to take place August 5 and 6.
He said the US-Africa summit is a great opportunity for Africa to enhance cooperation with the United States, the world’s largest economy.
“Africa and the United States share a lot in common, in heritage and cooperation in many areas. As you know, many people of African descent live in the United States. And so, this is a good occasion for Africa to chart a new paradigm in terms of cooperation. And so, a summit that brings President Barack Obama and many heads of state and government from Africa is an excellent opportunity to bring closer the two peoples – that is the United States of America people and African people,” Mwencha said.