Weekly Round-up

This week in development…

  • This week leaders of nearly 50 African countries convened in Washington for the first-ever US-Africa Leaders’ Summit.  On the discussion table were issues of trade, governance, and security, with particular emphasis on US-Africa business. During the US-Africa Business Forum the United States pledged over $33 billion in new commitments to Africa, $12 billion to Power Africa, and over $14 billion was pledged by the private sector to increase US-Africa business ties.
  • On August 6, at a US-African Leaders Summit symposium entitled “Investing in Our Future,” Michelle Obama held a special event with former first lady Laura Bush and the first ladies of two dozen African countries.  The event highlighted the role of women in health and development on the continent, as well as the need for improved education and leadership among women.

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