The United States President, Joe Biden, has invited 49 African leaders and the head of the African Union to a three-day summit tagged, ‘US-Africa Leaders Summit’ in Washington, DC.
The summit, which begins on December 13, will emphasise how the US and African countries are expanding their cooperation to promote common goals.
This was revealed during a digital press conference hosted by the US Department of State on Tuesday.
The speakers at the briefing included the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, Robert Scott, and the National Security Council Senior Advisor for the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Dana Banks.
Addressing the participants, Banks said, “The summit is really rooted in the recognition that Africa is a key geopolitical player, one that is shaping our present and will shape our future, as Secretary Blinken underscored when he travelled to the region earlier this year. Africa will shape not only the future of the African people, but also the future of the entire world.
“President Biden believes that US collaboration with African leaders, as well as civil society, business, diaspora women, and youth leaders, is essential to tackling shared challenges while seizing opportunities, including increasing sustainable food production, strengthening health systems, and combating the COVID-19 pandemic while we prepare for future pandemics.”
On his part, Scott stated that the first day of the summit would involve a series of forums, including the African and the Afro-Young Leaders Forum, Civil Society Forum, and the Security and Governance Forum.
Labour Party judgment
A political support group, Obi-Datti Movement for Justice and Equity, has asked the National Working Committee of the Labour Party to obey court judgments by enlisting National Assembly candidates of the party in Lagos State.
The movement, in a statement signed by its National Convener, Mba Chijioke, alleged that some national officers of the party had refused to implement the judgement of the Appeal Court.
Chjijioke claimed that the judgement ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to enlist the National Assembly candidates in Lagos State.
He stressed that the action of the officers was capable of jeopardising the electoral fortunes of the party in the state.