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What Young African Leaders Wanted to Know from Obama

Adva Saldinger   in  ·
July 29, 2014

They represent all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and on Monday they had an opportunity to question and challenge U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of their countries’ leaders.

So what did these Young African Leaders want to know from Obama? They asked about debt forgiveness, entrepreneurship, gender equality, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, governance and youth involvement in Africa, most of which are subjects likely to come up when the leaders of their countries gather next week in Washington, D.C. for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

“The security and prosperity and justice that we seek in the world cannot be achieved without a strong and prosperous and self-reliant Africa,” the U.S. president told delegates at the Young African Leaders Initiative presidential summit.

About 500 young African leaders have spent the past six weeks at universities across the United States learning leadership and networking skills they can deploy in their countries to strengthen democracy, build businesses and tackle issues of peace and security.

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