President Barack Obama and dozens of African leaders opened talks Wednesday on two key issues that threaten to disrupt economic progress on the continent: security and government corruption. Continue reading
President Obama announced billions of dollars in new public and private investment in Africa’s rapidly growing markets — on everything from construction to banking to clean energy infrastructure — at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. Gwen Ifill talks to Chris Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute and Torek Farhadi International Trade Centre about the growing partnership. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Seeking to strengthen America’s financial foothold in Africa, President Barack Obama announced $33 billion in commitments Tuesday aimed at shifting U.S. ties with Africa beyond humanitarian aid and toward more equal economic partnerships.
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced $14 billion in commitments from U.S. businesses to invest in Africa, as representatives from nearly 100 American and African companies gathered in Washington to discuss ways to boost economic partnerships. Continue reading
Will the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit offer opportunities for change beyond trade? Judy Woodruff talks to Nicole Lee, former president of policy organization TransAfrica, about the human rights issues that will affect the ability of some countries to grow and become more prosperous. Continue reading
As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit kicks off at the White House, the Obama administration hopes to begin catching up to China, the biggest trading partner of a continent that boasts many of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker join Judy Woodruff to discuss Africa’s economic promise and challenges. Continue reading
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is moving faster than the health worker’s efforts to control the virus, the World Health Organization said Friday. Continue reading
The World Health Organization announced a $100 million response plan Thursday to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is now responsible for more 700 deaths.
Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough. Continue reading
Tuesday’s death of Sheik Umar Khan, the doctor at the front lines of Sierra Leone’s battle against the worst Ebola outbreak in history, marks the latest person killed by the contagious, incurable disease that has devastated communities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February. At last official count, released July 23, 672 people have died from the virus.