Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and forty-eight other country leaders have been invited by President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, for a three-day US-Africa Leaders Summit.
The event scheduled for 13-15 December 2022 in Washington DC, the US capital, will host African heads of state and the head of the African Union.
The summit was confirmed in a public press statement on Thursday (today). President Biden is hopeful that the U.S. collaboration with African leaders, civil society, business, diaspora, women, and youth leaders, will go a long way to addressing its shared challenges.
The goal of this historic summit will be to build and expand vital political, economic, and strategic partnerships, as well as people-to-people dialogue, based on mutual interests and shared priorities in Africa.
The summit also allows the United States and the American people to reiterate their profound and enduring interest in engaging with Africa.
The statement read: “The summit’s agenda will be packed, including increasing sustainable food production, strengthening health systems, providing humanitarian assistance, responding to the climate crisis, reinforcing democracy and human rights, boosting U.S.-African trade, advancing peace and security, and even enhancing space research and cooperation.”
In her submission, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, believes the upcoming summit presents opportunities to deepen U.S.-Nigeria bilateral ties on multiple levels.
She said: “We look forward not only to the Nigerian government’s robust participation in the summit but also to hearing the views of all stakeholders in Nigeria’s promising future, including independent voices from the private sector, civil society, young people, women, and all those who are working to build a strong and inclusive democracy.”