President Obama Visits Sub-Saharan Africa
Barack Obama made his most extensive presidential visit to Africa from June 27
to July 2, 2013. Accompanied by his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and
Malia, the U.S. leader spent two days in each of three countries: Senegal
in west Africa, South Africa in southern Africa and Tanzania in east Africa.
A major focus of the trip was laying out a vision for U.S.- Africa relations -
in the fields of trade and investment, development, democracy and peace and
security partnerships. Obama announced initiatives promoting food security,
health and the generation of energy to underpin development. He also addressed
the role of judges and civil society in building democratic institutions,
engaged with young leaders, and - along with former U.S. President George W.
Bush - honored Americans and others who died in the 1998 bombings of U.S.
embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.