US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022 to commence

US President Joe Biden will host more than 40 African state leaders for a three-day summit in Washington, D.C. starting

US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022

The US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022 will commence today as Washington tries to build confidence with its African partners – Photo: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File

US President Joe Biden will host more than 40 African state leaders for a three-day summit in Washington, D.C. starting today.

The US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022 is the first following an eight-year hiatus, with the last one hosted by President Barack Obama in 2014. The 2014 summit was largely successful and saw the attendance of 50 leaders including 37 Heads of State.

With this year’s agenda of promoting trade and investment, democracy and improving food security mirroring that of its predecessor, Biden will be looking to increase the U.S.’ investment in the continent, especially their pledges of humanitarian aid.

The summit is another step towards pushing forward the US Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa. The US is also attempting to forge further strategic partnerships with other countries in the region of South Africa.

Pledges towards improved post-pandemic support, economic development, and climate-related action are likely to come out of the summit. Also, discussions may center around conflict resolution in the many states still struggling with domestic conflicts such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and Rwanda.