American leaders urged to interact with African leaders

13 Mar 2014 11:10am
By Maggy Thomas
WASHINGTON, 13 MAR (NAMPA) - Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob has called on American leaders to interact and dialogue with African leaders during the Africa/USA summit in August, instead of just lecturing them.
Several African presidents and Heads of State and Government will converge in Washington for the USA/Africa Leaders’ Summit on 05 and 06 August this year.
The gathering will focus on trade and investment in Africa, and America’s commitment to African security and democratic development.
The United States of America (USA) president Barack Obama is expected to invite leaders of nearly 50 African governments.
Leaders from the five regional blocs - East African Community (EAC); Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas); Southern African Development Community (SADC); Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) - are expected to attend.
Geingob described the summit as a good idea with a hope to strengthen ties between the African leaders and the USA.
“I hope when the African leaders come here, there will be a dialogue and interaction with all counterparts. I hope American leaders will not just walk in, lecture them and walk out,” he stressed during a business meeting in Washington.
Among the countries that will receive invitations to the August summit are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria and South Sudan.