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Biden Administration Pledges $50 Billion to African Nations

Prior to the US-Africa Leaders summit, the White House announced on Monday that it would provide $55 billion in aid to Africa over the following three years in the areas of security, health, and economic development.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated that the United States wants to assist African countries in achieving their own goals one day before President Joe Biden hosts 50 African leaders of state as Washington competes for influence in the continent.

“Working closely with Congress, the US will commit $55 billion to Africa over the course of the next three years across a wide range of sectors to tackle the core challenges of our time,” Sullivan told reporters.

Sullivan refused to elaborate, stating that information will be shared during the course of the upcoming three days of bilateral and multilateral negotiations as well as a dinner that Biden would be hosting for his African counterparts at the White House.

He emphasised that Agenda 2063, the African Union’s blueprint for the continent’s sustainable socioeconomic growth, will serve as the organising principle.

“The entire first substantive session that the president will chair at the summit is on Agenda 2063,” Sullivan told reporters.

“That is not an American document. It is not an American Vision. It is the African Union’s document . . . So we are lifting up African voices and African priorities in what we are doing in this summit,” he said.

The White House also released remarks on Tuesday regarding US-Africa cooperation in energy transition, space exploration, and a “US-Africa Partnership on health cooperation.”

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Competing with China and Russia

The US is fighting to prevent the loss of its once-dominant position in the area as superpower rivals China and Russia vie for influence and opportunity in Africa.

However, Sullivan claimed that the gathering wasn’t about other nations.

“It’s not going to be attempting to compare and contrast,” he said.

“This is going to be about what we can offer. It’s going to be a positive proposition about the United States, its partnership with Africa.

“We are bringing the resources to the table in significant numbers,” he added.

He declared that the United States will inform the visiting leaders that it supports inviting the African Union to join the exclusive G-20 group of nations and adding an African nation to the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Additionally, Biden plans to appoint seasoned US diplomat Johnnie Carson to work exclusively with African governments to carry out the summit’s outcomes.

“The spirit of this summit is not what we will do for African nations and people, but what we will do with African nations and people,” he said.

With elections in Africa scheduled for 2023, Biden also planned a separate meeting with them.

“We would like to do everything we can to support those elections being free, fair and credible,” said Sullivan.

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