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Obama to Welcome African Leaders to Washington

Republic of Guinea Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Aug. 2, 2014, to attend the US - Africa Leaders Summit. Republic of Guinea Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Aug. 2, 2014, to attend the US - Africa Leaders Summit.
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Republic of Guinea Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Aug. 2, 2014, to attend the US - Africa Leaders Summit.
Republic of Guinea Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Aug. 2, 2014, to attend the US - Africa Leaders Summit.
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U.S. President Barack Obama is gathering nearly 50 African heads of state in Washington for an unprecedented summit.

Washington is hoping to make U.S. businesses aware of the opportunities for their companies in Africa.

Africa is economically one of the fastest growing continents and is also one of the continents where the United States is most popular. However, many U.S. business have been slow to invest in Africa.  

S. African President Jacob Zuma and his wife arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Aug. 3, 2014 to attend the US - Africa Leaders Summit.S. African President Jacob Zuma and his wife arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Aug. 3, 2014 to attend the US - Africa Leaders Summit.
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S. African President Jacob Zuma and his wife arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Aug. 3, 2014 to attend the US - Africa Leaders Summit.
S. African President Jacob Zuma and his wife arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Aug. 3, 2014 to attend the US - Africa Leaders Summit.

The summit beginning Monday follows similar efforts by China, Europe and Japan who are all keenly aware of Africa's natural wealth, as well its market of hundreds of millions of middle-class Africans.

U.S. officials say only four African leaders were excluded from the talks - the presidents of Zimbabwe, Sudan, Eritrea and the Central African Republic.

The summit convenes at the same time several West African nations are facing an Ebola virus outbreak.

President Obama said Friday the United States is closely following the situation.  He said African officials from at-risk countries will be screened for the disease before entering the U.S.

The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia have canceled their summit trips to Washington because of the Ebola outbreak.

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by: Richiep from: U.S.A.
August 04, 2014 1:45 PM
I say, "Great"... if 'Africa is economically one of the fastest growing continents and is also one of the continents where the United States is most popular, then bring them into maturity/the modern world... The summit convenes at the same time several West African nations are facing an Ebola virus outbreak though... so make sure that African officials from at-risk countries will be screened for the disease before entering the U.S. .


by: chukwuemeka ukor from: lagos, Nigeria
August 03, 2014 5:29 PM
Obama,inviting the whole African leaders is not the issue.But the main issue is to entrench true technological know-hows by imploying the basic excavation of getting the standardise mechanical and engineering raw materials-producing machines here-not only importing- by chaining other african countries and reducing employment. Secondly,American govt must stop their useless idea of imposing homosexual culture into africa countries by their useless aids as a counter measures.One of the beastly act of lowly species.No other animal in creation descends so low but only humans.What a pity!!!


by: Dadee from: The Gambia
August 03, 2014 12:59 PM
From India-Africa summit, France-Africa, China-Africa to US-Africa summit. When will we have Nigeria-Europe summit, S/Africa-Asia summit, etc??

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by: Anonymous
August 04, 2014 6:29 AM
The Gambia, i will add other question, since the salvery period, when the small village kings accepted a mirror in exachange of hundreds slaves to go and work in the plantations, what difference beteewn that king and the african leaders today? tell me why africans leaders never be proud of themselves , honor and respect thei people like others? my quations, what the prblem of this lowerness, even if you ahve the resssources all the wolrd wants? am an african and these questions are really nightamare to me.


by: Anonymous
August 03, 2014 12:49 PM
Let VOA, CNN ,CBS interview most of the african leaders.Paul Biya of Cameroon about the anglophone problem, the fact that he appoint 90 % of ministers from his province


by: maate from: Kampala
August 03, 2014 8:02 AM
Its along awaited for very nice for Africa Uganda in particularly

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