Preparations are under way for the first annual U.S.-Africa Leader’s Summit, hosted by President Barack Obama and taking place August 5-6, 2014 in Washington D.C. This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, will build on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013, focusing on strengthening ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions. Specifically, the Summit will advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people. At the same time, it will highlight the depth and breadth of the United States’ commitment to the African continent, advance our shared priorities and enable discussion of concrete ideas to deepen the partnership. At its core, this Summit is about fostering stronger ties between the United States and Africa.
The theme of the Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation.” Focusing on the next generation is at the core of a government’s responsibility and work, and this Summit is an opportunity to discuss ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities, and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.
Throughout the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit, African leaders will have an opportunity to engage with President Obama, his Cabinet members, and other key leaders, including business executives from the U.S. and Africa, Members of Congress, and members of civil society.
Discussions will center on how to encourage progress in key areas that Africans define as critical for the future of the continent: expanding trade and investment ties, engaging young African leaders, promoting inclusive sustainable development, expanding cooperation on peace and security, and gaining a better future for Africa’s next generation.
For journalists who will be traveling to the United States to cover the event, please email PretoriaPress@state.gov for assistance in facilitating local interviews.
There are a number of links that will aid journalists covering the US – Africa Summit from outside of the United States:
- Events will be live-streamed at http://www.state.gov,http://www.whitehouse.gov, and http://www.Bloomberg.org. A full programming schedule will be available on the main Summit website.
- Summit Schedule:http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/us_public_leaders_summit_schedule.pdf
- White House Summit page: http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit
- U.S. Department of State Summit page:http://www.state.gov/p/af/rt/summits/2014/index.htm
- Foreign Press Center website: http://fpc.state.gov/c62624.htm
- Business Forum Website:http://usafricabusinessforum.bloomberg.org/#/
- Telephonic Hub Briefing:
Please join us on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 13:00 GMT (09:00 Eastern Daylight Time) for a telephonic media briefing to preview the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit that will be held in Washington DC August 4-6. Speakers will be Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Grant Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, and Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Development and Democracy, National Security Council. Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Time: 09:00 EDT|13:00 GMT|14:00 West Africa|15:00 Central/South Africa|16:00 East Africa
Language: English on the main line and French and Portuguese interpretation on separate lines
Ground rules: ON THE RECORD
Dial-in Info: International and U.S. numbers and a conference code will be provided once you RSVP
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please indicate which language line you will use.
- To sign up for Commitment to Africa 2014 updates:http://fpc.state.gov/c62624.htm#
- Library of Congress Blog for non-Summit African related events in Washington D.C.: http://africaevents.wordpress.com/
- Social Media toolkit including graphics, hashtags, and additional information on the Summit: http://www.state.gov/social/usafrica/