U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Open Events

From August 4-6, 2014, the United States will host its first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC. President Obama will welcome leaders from across the African continent to further strengthen ties with one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions. The Summit will build on the progress made since the President’s trip to Africa last summer, 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. Many organizations are hosting public events in coordination with this truly historic event. Use this site to find events and join the conversation.


7 thoughts on “U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Open Events

  1. Ngiyabonga kakhulu (“thank you very much” in isiZulu) for sharing this information with us. We are extremely excited and hopeful about the positive impact the series of events will have on Africa’s growth trajectory. the fact that we get to tell America that “Africa has RISEN” and that “AFRICA Is OPEN for Business” is awesome! God Bless AFRICA and the United States of America.


  2. A special “thank you”, Congresswoman Bass, for making this information available to our constituents in the Black church community, as well as those with whom we are in collaboration with in the African Diaspora! I was just requesting this information on yesterday of my colleagues as we’re completing preparations for the AGOA Civil Society contributing input to the Summit, what website was listing the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit events that the open public would be invited to? And no clear answer was provided prior to your email. today. This is deeply appreciated! — Rev. Samuel Nixon, Jr., Founder, humble1, LLC


  3. I hope this event would be a foundation of a new leadership in Africa. This continent is plagued by corruption, bad governance, human rights abuse, lack of leadership and many other problems due to mostly to internal factors but also to external ones. African leaders must embrace CHANGE for the well-being of the population. It is time for ACTIONS.


  4. Love that this page exists! Is there a place for submitting additional events? My organization is putting on a number, and I’d love to see them on here.


  5. With the exception of bright stars such as corruption free Botswana and democratic Ghana, Africa is afflicted with the largest illicit outflow of capital in the world. No amount of foreign aid, trade or investment can or will compensate this cancer. Food aid dependent Ethiopia and the biggest development aid recipient in Africa loses $3.3 billion per annum; in net terms more than the aid and expert earnings it receives. Its largest export is human capital. Authoritarian and dictatorial governments such as Ethiopia need fundamental rights, the rule of law, accountability, property rights, free and fair elections and constant reform than they need aid.
    It is unfortunate that the Summit missed an immense opportunity to discuss the elephant in the room, namely poor and repressive governance that breeds instability, reinforces corruption and forces youth to flee their homelands.


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