U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Approaches, Website Goes Live

Posted by Grant Harris and Gayle Smith
July 14, 2014
Screenshot of the White House Website for the 2014 U.S.-African Leaders Summit

With less than a month to go until the start of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., we’re excited to announce the launch of the Summit’s official website,which you can access here. As the site describes, the Summit constitutes the largest single engagement by any U.S. President with Africa.

Starting on August 4 and with events spanning three days, it will include approximately 50 African heads of state and government as well as the Chairperson of the African Union, a range of U.S. and African civil society and business leaders, young African leaders, and Members of Congress. The presence of so many African leaders in the nation’s capital provides an historic opportunity to further strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people.

In addition to the website, which will be continuously updated as the Summit nears, we invite you to follow the Summit on Twitter using the hashtag #AfricaSummit.

These online tools will offer an opportunity for broader dialogue as we prepare for this unprecedented engagement with one of the world’s most dynamic regions.  

Learn more about the upcoming Summit here.

About the Authors: Grant Harris currently serves as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs on the National Security Council. Gayle Smith is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Development and Democracy at the National Security Council.
 
Editor's Note: This entry originally appeared on the White House Blog.

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Saul M.
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New York, USA
July 16, 2014
Mr. President and Secretary of State, U.S. Congress and Senate, It is unacceptable that the Gambian Dictator President Dr. Professor Sheikh Nasurideen Alhagie Yahya Abdul Aziz Jemus Junkung Jebulai Jammeh of the smallest country in Africa, that before overthrowing the democratic government of Sir Dawda kairaba Jawara on July 22, 1994 and had since become the worst dictator of the world in comparism to the size and population of the Gambia. The damning consistent U.S. State Department Report from 1994-Present indicates that this leader doesn't fit the profile of accepted norms of good leadership or governance, same reason why Gambia is still not included into the Millennium Development Challenge Goal. hence for above and reasons below, the invitation to the White House should be rescinded to avoid embarrassment and the same should be extended to his Vice President, Isatou Njie-Saidy, who's in cohort with all violations of human decency. huffingtonpost.com/jim-moore/two-americans-disappear-i_b_4850904.html huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/27/gambia-president-homosexuality-global-threat_n_4003520.html huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/yahya-jammeh-homosexuals-gambia_n_3000249.html
Thomson L.
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Uganda
July 16, 2014
This will be a very big achievement especially to African Leaders who needs to be nurtured how to govern their people and think about Democracy that is violated everyday. Special thanks to Washington Team.
Vincent B.
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Texas, USA
July 16, 2014
This is a very welcome development. Africa needs help from US in Infrastructure, Energy and Good Governance. Looking forward to a sound way forward from all our leaders.
Dr. C.
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Washington, USA
July 16, 2014
The National Nespaper Publishers Association (NNPA) #NNPA strongly endorses and supports the U.S.- African Leaders Summit #AfricaSummit
Uchenna E.
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New York, USA
July 16, 2014
I'm concerned about potential political backlash on President Obama given the staunch Republican opposition to anything he does. Now they will frame the debate that he is doing Africa a favor because he is from Kenya. There has to be a media plan to counter negative narrative from the right.
Regina N.
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Maine, USA
July 17, 2014
Dear My President, Secretary of State and all U.S. Congressman and Women and Senate; It is very important that South Sudan the newly born country in Africa get some help so they can develop themselves socially, economically, and politically. I believed this is the right time to intervene in between the President Kirr and his Vice Dr. Riek Machar. We know and understand that, the trouble between these two is lack of understanding due to lack of proper education from the other side. But in my opinion, I believed that, president kirr need to be advice in a way that he will feel respected according to the Africa culture and tradition. Yes, Dr. Riek is a well educated man but still, it is important that they both are considered as leaders of South Sudan. This talk need nobody other than you Our President Obama. I believed you can help these two come to their senses. God bless you, your family and this great nation.
Regina N.
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Maine, USA
July 17, 2014

Mr. President Obama, Secretary of State, U.S. Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate it is important that Both President Dr. Riek Macher and President Kiir to come to the summit so both can be made to sit down and clear out their differences. I think that can be arrange and that's if you have a sympathy on the poor people of South Sudan who dying every single day from gun shot as well as from diseases. Please help us and God bless you, and Bless this Great Nation.

tshishimbi n.
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South Africa
July 18, 2014
Mr President, secretary of state and dear members of Congress :i want to know on what basis you are based to exclude others africans heads from the summit. If is for the respect of democracy, good governance and human rights, I believe that Mr Kabila should not participate in this summit, Kabila is killing the human rights defenders, plundering the wealth of Congo,he is also involved in the traffic of uranium. Kabila is worse than Mugabe. Please do a favor to congolese people and all humanity to cancel kabila's invitation for this summit. Regards
Judith E.
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Nigeria
July 18, 2014
I believe the president of the fedral republic of Nigeria will be present. Please let the issue of developing the rural area and empowering youths at rural areas be disscused, because this is the only solution to rural urban migration and unemployment in Nigeria
Lorita B.
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Namibia
July 22, 2014
Please address the violent murders of farmers in South Africa.

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