15 Jun U.S – Africa Leaders’ Summit Producing Positive Developments – A Post Six-Months Assessment
Cape Town — Last December’s U.S.-African Leaders’ Summit, hosted by President Joe Biden in Washington, DC, has helped re-establish ties and strengthen business relationships, according to senior American officials who briefed reporters and offered an assessment of progress made in the six months since the well-attended event took place.
Carson said the reactions he has heard from leaders who attended the Summit and from African diplomats in Washington has been “overwhelmingly” positive. And he reported “great progress on the business and economic front.” The total of $15.7 billion in agreements for solar, infrastructure and agriculture development projects announced in December has now risen to $16.2 billion, he said. “These represent a commitment by the American business community to work effectively and work progressively with African companies and countries.”
The American officials were also asked about the letter to Blinken from U.S. legislators calling for this year’s Agoa Forum which brings together U.S. and African officials to discuss trade matters be shifted from South Africa because of that country’s association with Russia and the alleged weapons given to Russia for its war against Ukraine. “We’re not going to get into our private conversations with the South African government,” Devermont said, “but we do welcome their commitment to investigate what happened.” Regarding South Africa’s eligibility to continue to benefit from Agoa trade preferences, he said there is a clear process in the law and “we’ll follow and that is – that won’t change for South Africa.”
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