Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the New U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa:
The United States and Africa face enormous opportunities and challenges in the 21st century--and thanks to President Obama's U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, we are in a stronger position to meet them together.
The President's strategy commits our nation to a proactive partnership with the African people. It builds on more than three years of Administration efforts to help Africa strengthen, together with international and regional organizations, the peace and security of its communities and unlock opportunity through sustainable economic development, and directs the United States to expand our efforts to bolster democratic institutions and spur economic growth, trade and investment. The new policy also prioritizes engagement with Africa's next generation, continuing a conversation begun by the President with young African leaders.
In 2009, President Obama traveled to Ghana to deliver the message that the boundaries between the United States and the African continent are "overwhelmed by our connections." As the President said, "I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world--as partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children." As we look together to Africa's future, let us recommit ourselves to the path of growing promise, opportunity and peace for all of our people.