Jun 202012
 
T H E   W H I T E   H O U S E
WA S H I N G T O N
June 14, 2012
Nearly 3 years ago, I remarked in front of the Ghanaian Parliament that Africa is a fundamental part of our interconnected world. Since that time, we have partnered with leaders, youth, and civil society in Africa to deepen the principles of democracy and human rights, to expand economic opportunity, and to support those who seek peace where war and deprivation have plagued communities. Africa and its people are partners with America in creating the future we want for all of our children—a future that is grounded in growth, mutual responsibility, and mutual respect.
As we look toward the future, it is clear that Africa is more important than ever to the security and prosperity of the international community, and to the United States in particular. Africa’s economies are among the fastest growing in the world, with technological change sweeping across the continent and offering tremendous opportunities in banking, medicine, politics, and business. At the same time, the burgeoning youth population in Africa is changing economies and political systems in profound ways.
 
Addressing the opportunities and challenges in Africa requires a comprehensive U.S. policy that is proactive, forward-looking, and that balances our long-term interests with near-term 
imperatives. This U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa solidifies and advances many of the initiatives that we have launched since I took office in order to help achieve that balance, 
and elevates two efforts that will be critical to the future of Africa:  strengthening democratic institutions and boosting broad-based economic growth, including through trade and investment. 
Strong, accountable, and democratic institutions, sustained by a deep commitment to the rule of law, generate greater prosperity and stability, and meet with greater success in mitigating conflict and ensuring security. Sustainable, inclusive economic growth is a key ingredient to security, political stability, and development, and it underpins efforts to alleviate poverty, creating the resources that will bolster opportunity and allow individuals to reach their full potential.
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  2 Responses to “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa..White House”

  1. Please stop fooling us, we understand the US and its policies towards Africa better than ever.
    We have learned our lesson from the native Indians and black Africans. Just stay where you are and nobody will miss you or bother you ever. And if you won’t a change in economies and political system you can start with your own country (99%). Nobody wont’s to have your democracy because we have seen it in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, etc. and we say thank you no thank you.

  2. Dear All: Take note of U.S. of America’s conflict of interests
    America is a federal republic of semi-independent States and the individuals are the citizens of both a State and the Federation. Generally speaking, each State and the Federation are organized as republics and make decisions according democratic methods developed in America over its long history. In America one has to fight to have her/his rights respected–that is the rule.

    America beyond its borders is not necessarily democratic or republican. The fundamental assumption that America uses as a basis for its strategies and policies is that there are different governmental systems in the world; and one State or super-power like America cannot control the entire world; that, therefore, the world system is anarchic; and that America should utilize all forms of its power (military, diplomatic, financial, etc.) and take actions to primarily protect or promote its particular national interests; even if those actions are not in line with the principles of democracy, human rights, republicanism or international law. American foreign policies are based primarily on selfish American interests, including its alliances. Everything else is secondary or tertiary, etc.
    The UN, for instance, should operated on the basis of democratic principles–e.g. majority rule; or any nation having voting power proportionate to its population size, or as a federal system (a combination of every State is equal to another State and every person is equal to another person). The U.S. does not want to be bound by any decision made by the majority vote of any international organization it is a member of; unless it sees its national interests advanced. If America believes democracy is good for Africa, shouldn’t it be an example itself by operating in the UN democratically, as democracy is applied in the U.S., for example.
    Eritrea wants to be democratic and protect the human rights of its citizens according to its own initiatives and social dynamics; but with a “democracy” or “human rights” imposed by external sources. The debates and reasoning made in the process of instituting democracy and human rights in Eritrea is more important.