America’s Renewal of African Love
Windhoek — With new commitments in investments and trade support to Africa worth more than US$33 billion (N$354 billion), America has just renewed its vows to Africa, a significant display of affection to a continent in a serious relationship with China, and in a love-hate affair with the European Union.
Yet, besides the criticism that the summit was a talking shop and an attempt by the US to catch up with countries with direct access to African leaders – and the denouncing of Obama’s reluctance to have direct one-on-one meetings with African presidents – the summit did manage to endear Africa as the true bosom trade ally to the US, albeit all within three days tête-à-tête summit in Washington. The African Union Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said of her impression of the summit: “I got the impression that African leaders actually enjoyed the summit, particularly interacting with businesspeople. At most of these summits you are not offered that opportunity. Leaders were saying that is what was unique about this summit.”