Investment in Africa Depends on Security
One goal of the African leaders’ summit in Washington is to build on a strategic relationship that the United States has established in Africa as the continent faces a range of security threats.
From establishing drone bases to training African troops, the U.S. has expanded its security relationship with Africa in recent years. The aim is to help African governments combat extremist groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabab in East Africa and militants in the Sahel.
This week’s summit focuses on trade and investment, as President Barack Obama aims to forge a new U.S. relationship with Africa.
In announcing U.S. companies’ pledges to invest $14 billion in Africa, Obama said security is essential to prosperity.