US Asst. Sec. for Africa on US policies towards the continent
Friday, May 18, 2012
The US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs on Wednesday
briefed journalists across the continent on the United States policies toward
the Africa region.
Johnnie Carson’s address, which was done via telephonic conference call, cut
across a wide range of topics related to US engagements on the continent,
including recent developments in Sudan and South Sudan, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and
regard, the US Embassy Banjul office like other embassies across the world,
gathered journalists in the country to attend the conference call and gave them
the opportunity to ask questions regarding US policies towards the continent.
which lasted for nearly one and half hour also availed him the opportunity to
affirm the United States commitment to democracy, stabilisation, trade and
economic development in Africa among a host of others.
opening address via the telephonic conference call, Carson used the opportunity
to thank their partner countries in Africa and congratulated the countries in
the region which recently underwent peaceful electoral process in their
He explained that the US government’s engagement in the
region is intended to support democratic governance, economic development as
well as combating a range of trans-national issues with their African allies
among a host of others.
progress made across Africa, he said that there is still a lot more to be done.
He cited the democratic transfer of power in Senegal and the holding of peaceful
constitutional process in Malawi that made it possible for a second female
president in Africa to succeed the former president in that country.
further to cite the successful elections in countries like Nigeria last year,
Ivory Coast, and Guinea Conakry just to name but a few noting that these are
testimonies to progress made by the people of the region.
on the current tensions between Sudan and South Sudan, he said that the
situation still remains a serious issue and called on the authorities of both
countries to mediate amicably in a bid put an end to this standoff.
Carson also stated that the United States fully supports Ecowas mediation
efforts in trying to ensure the restoration of democratic rule in both Mali and
Guinea Bissau. He affirmed that his government strongly condemned the recent
coup in both countries and called on the authorities to return the country to
He outlined his government’s commitment to support African countries in a number of development areas in their march towards ensuring a sustainable development as inline with their partner countries development goals.
Author: Sheriff Janko