Biden tries to rebuild the American brand in Africa amid incursions from China, Russia

Biden tries to rebuild the American brand in Africa amid incursions from China, Russia

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A major topic will be the fate of the African Development and Opportunity Act, the 2000 deal that granted duty-free access to the US market for most products from sub-Saharan countries that met standards on rights and democracy.

The accord expires in 2025, with prominent African leaders seeking clarity at a time when the United States has soured on trade deals.

“We regret that the AGOA trade preferences have not been utilized to the maximum,” FEI said.

He hoped for a “robust discussion” and said the United States could look after 2025 to engage with the nascent continental free trade area.

Mwemba Phazo Djole, director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the United States was entering the summit with a “lack of trust” from Africans because of the long wait since 2014.

“The summit presents great opportunities but also some risks,” he said.

“This is an opportunity to show Africa that America really wants to listen to them,” he said.

“But now that we have high hopes, the question is, what will be different now?”

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