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Van Hollen Statement as U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Kicks Off

December 13th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy released the following statement on the beginning of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit:


“Building stronger partnerships between the many countries of Africa and the United States holds tremendous benefit for all of our nations. From boosting trade and economic growth to working together to address global challenges like climate change and food insecurity, this Summit provides an opportunity to come together on many of our vital shared priorities. As I meet with African leaders this week, I am eager to discuss efforts I’ve led in these areas, including to bolster the AfCFTA and AGOA. I’ve been pleased to see the Biden Administration already signal important progress on these fronts coming into this week with their support of the African Union’s bid to join the G-20 and their willingness to further partner on both the AfCFTA and AGOA. I’ll also seek to emphasize the need to meaningfully invest in our relationships with African nations – both through assistance funding and through people-to-people programs like the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). I look forward to discussing these shared goals as we commit to working together to strengthen the future of the United States and the nations of Africa.”