The United States is also pledging $165 million to help support elections and good governance as African countries prepare to hold votes next year.
President Joe Biden announced his support for the African Union’s membership in the Group of 20 (G20), a global forum bringing together major economies, such as the United States. seeks to build stronger relationships with African nations.
Speaking at a US-Africa Leaders Summit At Thursday’s event, Biden said African leadership and innovation were essential to tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
This is why his administration has expressed support for reforming the United Nations Security Council to include an African representative, as well as granting the African Union a permanent place at the G20, Biden said.
“Africa has a place at the table in every room – in every room where global challenges are discussed and in every institution where discussions take place,” he said.
“It’s been a long time coming, but it’s going to come.”
Biden’s comments come a day after Washington unveiled a raft of new investments and trade deals in Africa, as part of the three-day leaders’ summit in the US capital.
Delegates from 49 African countries, as well as the African Union, have been invited to the talks, which follow the first such meeting eight years ago under President Barack Obama.
Biden has sought to rebuild U.S. relations abroad after four years of former President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy, which saw the country withdraw from international bodies and agreements.
The Biden administration’s efforts to invest in Africa also come against a backdrop of It competes globally with Beijing, which has invested in the region at a much higher level than the United States in recent years.
As the summit winds down, Thursday’s talks focused on high-level discussions on the United States’ partnership with the African Union’s strategic vision for the continent. This includes food security, an issue that has generated global concern amid soaring food prices linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Adding the African Union to the G20 would give African nations more say on this and other key global concerns, such as climate change and the response to COVID-19.
It could also help countries in the region access a common framework for restructuring their debt.
Meanwhile, Biden said Thursday that he would soon visit sub-Saharan Africa and send several of his top advisers to the continent, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Secretary at Commerce Gina Raimondo.
“I look forward to seeing you in your home country,” Biden said, without providing additional details about the visit or when it would take place.
Biden would be the first US president to visit since Obama visited Kenya and Ethiopia in 2015.
The United States also pledged more than $165 million to support elections and good governance in Africa next year, after Biden met with leaders of countries that will soon hold elections.
Biden met with the heads of state of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria and Sierra Leone on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming elections, the White House said in a statement. statement THURSDAY.
The leaders, who met on the sidelines of the summit, discussed the challenges of holding elections, including foreign interference and political violence, the White House said.
Participants in the meeting reaffirmed their commitment to organizing “free, fair and transparent elections” which would be conducted by independent national electoral bodies, said the American press release.
“The elections in Africa in 2023 will have serious consequences. Although the United States does not support any specific candidate or party, it is committed to supporting electoral processes aimed at deepening democracy in Africa,” he said.
I met yesterday with the presidents of the DRC, Gabon, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria and Sierra Leone to discuss the upcoming elections in their countries in 2023 and the challenges and opportunities facing democracies. pic.twitter.com/AgxjX35xjx
– President Biden (@POTUS) December 15, 2022