Clinton to offer Africa a new deal
Wednesday 18 June 1997
The policy, whose key word is "partnership", was presented by President Bill Clinton with great fanfare from the White House yesterday and concludes months of consideration in the US Administration about how and whether the US should play a greater role in the continent.
Last year, the then Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, made the first tour of Africa by a US official of that rank, and Mr Clinton's wife, Hillary, and daughter, Chelsea, toured investment and aid projects in several African countries this spring.
The announcement of the Africa initiative came as the US was making final preparations for the annual summit of the Group of Seven industrialised countries - this year called the Summit of the Eight because it includes Russia - which opens on Friday in Denver, Colorado.
The timing was seen in Washington as a move by the US to pre-empt criticism from other G7 countries, notably France, that it was not doing as much as it could to assist developing countries in general, and African countries in particular.
Last year, US overseas aid fell below the level of France for the first time. However, yesterday's announcement was also seen as an attempt to concentrate discussions at Denver, where a session will be devoted to Africa, on the successes among African states that have adopted free market principles. Last year, these countries achieved an average growth rate of 5 per cent.
Analysts said the US might also be concerned to divert attention away from what one called "the few" African countries experiencing civil strife.
They noted that France, and perhaps some other G7 members might see Mr Clinton's initiative as an attempt to steer summit discussions away from their concerns about stemming poverty and resolving conflicts in Africa. The five-point initiative includes the redirection of already agreed funds towards infrastructure projects, among them telecommunications - and backing for private investment. The US will also implement a debt reduction agreement that was reached in February, to lessen the debt burden on the poorest African countries.
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for 'obscene' 91st birthday party
Michelle Rodriguez: Fast & Furious actor apologises after telling 'minorities' to stop taking on 'white' roles
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Putin critic may have been murdered by Islamic extremists, says president-led committee
British are sexually uptight, dirty and drink too much – according to Spanish book
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...