2nd US-Africa Leaders Summit Marks Biden’s African Comeback

From 13 to 15 December 2022 in Washington DC, the USA hosted the 2nd edition of the US-Africa Leaders Summit (#UALS2). The first edition took place under the Obama administration in 2014. Interestingly, Biden was the VP back then.

Out of 55 countries in the AU, 49 were present at the US-Africa Leaders Summit. It is widely expected that Biden will institutionalize the US-Africa Leaders Summit, probably making it into a triennial event.

Biden pledged USD 55 billion towards Africa over the next three years. He also reiterated the support of the US for Africa to have a permanent seat at the #G20 and #UNSC. He then announced that he and his top aides will be touring Africa to reinforce the US-Africa partnership in 2023.

In addition to #ProsperAfrica and #PowerAfrica, Biden announced a new initiative called #DigitalAfrica to promote the #DigitalTransformation of Africa.

On a previous tour to Africa, Secretary Blinken stated “Africa is no longer just a geopolitical chess piece but a geopolitical player in its own right,” Observers note this 2nd edition underscores the commitment of the US towards Africa. President Biden summed it up nicely by declaring that: “The US is all-in on Africa!”