Wednesday, July 23, 2014

President Obiang to Attend U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Equatorial Guinea’s President, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, will join African Heads of State at the inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit aimed at fostering stronger ties between the Untied States and Africa, both economically and politically. The summit will be held in Washington, D.C. on August 4-6, 2014.

Under the theme “Investing in the Next Generation,” the summit will provide an opportunity to discuss ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities, and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.

African heads of state will discuss continent-wide issues, such as security and terrorism, with United States President Barack Obama and promote regional initiatives such as shared electricity. This summit will highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.

In a recent interview with Voice of America, Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission, said the summit will provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership. He also said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Obama issues such as investing in the continent’s future and peace and security.  

This summit is the first of its kind. This is the first time that most African heads of state will be in Washington, D.C. at one time. All but Zimbabwe, Central Africa Republic, Eritrea, and Western Sahara of the 54 nations of Africa have been invited and most are expected to attend.

President Obiang has led many youth initiatives in Equatorial Guinea and has made education, training and human capital investment a top priority for its government. Special attention has been paid to the next generation, and the government has promoted conferences and events around this subject. At the Youth Congress, held in 2010, attendees discussed the many challenges facing Equatorial Guinea's youth and formulated recommendations to address numerous areas of concern, including access to low-income housing and higher education for the country's citizens.