Washington — Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso says important traits got here out of this yr’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.
In an interview with VOA this week, Sassou Nguesso mentioned that all over this summit, the objectives have been extra outlined, together with serving to the African Union acquire a better voice on the United Nations.
“For example, President [Joe] Biden declared that Africa [African Union] is certainly going to be a member of the G-20. I believe this is a clear orientation that we appreciate. Mr. Biden also declared that in the next few years, America is going to get involved with Africa [the African Union] finding its right place at the Security Council of the United Nations as a permanent member,” he mentioned in French.
The G-20 accommodates the arena’s primary commercial and rising economies. South Africa is recently its most effective African member.
Biden additionally mentioned his management would spend $55 billion to lend a hand African nations over the following 3 years and that he was hoping to deepen Africa-U.S. cooperation.
“Our nations have worked closely together for a long time to improve the lives of countless people in all our countries in meaningful ways, on both sides of the Atlantic. And with this summit and with the African Union’s Agenda 2063, our eyes are fixed squarely on the future,” Biden mentioned on the summit.
“That’s also an important development,” Sassou Nguesso mentioned, “especially when the debate allowed us to highlight Africa’s priorities. [African Union chair] Macky Sall and all the other leaders emphasized Africa’s priorities, whether it’s related to basic infrastructure, developing the agriculture sector, digital, education, health, the energy question.”
The White House mentioned $165 million of the price range can be used to improve democracy and excellent governance. Yet some criticized Biden for inviting leaders who’ve been in energy for a very long time. U.S. officers mentioned all leaders in excellent status with the African Union and the United States gained a call for participation.
“Democracy and good governance are a process,” Sassou Nguesso mentioned. “I always give this particular example: The French Revolution triumphed in 1789 with all the problems related to freedom, human rights and democracy. Imagine that in France after all the struggles that had happened during that time, women only had the right to vote after the Second World War. … The process had developed and until today in certain countries in Europe, there are [election] challenges. Even here, in the U.S., we were surprised to see what happened at the Capitol [on January 6, 2021].”
“There is considerable progress in Africa,” he endured. “Now, as for the leaders who have stayed in power for a long time, what if that was the will of the people? Elections are meant to ask people to share their opinions. What if the people vote in favor of stability?”
Some African nations have additionally just lately observed a recurrence of coups and, within the case of Libya, ongoing war. Sassou Nguesso mentioned that with out peace, safety and balance, construction can’t be accomplished. And what occurs in a single nation has the possible to have an effect on a complete area, he famous.
“As long as we don’t resolve the Libya issue, we won’t see the light at the end of the tunnel in the Sahel region. So, the terrorism and violent extremism in Africa, the problem related to peace in general is an important one. As the chairperson of the AU’s High-Level Committee on Libya, we are in the process of organizing a reconciliation forum there,” he advised VOA.
Libya has had little peace because the 2011 NATO-backed rebellion that ousted Moammar Gadhafi.
The Congolese chief shared his hopes that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which was once prolonged in 2015 for any other 10 years, can be renewed.
According to U.S. officers, AGOA has been a focal point of U.S. financial coverage and industrial engagement with Africa because it took impact in 2000. It supplies eligible sub-Saharan African nations with duty-free get admission to to the U.S. marketplace for almost 2,000 merchandise.
Leading industry officers in sub-Saharan Africa and the Biden-Harris management held a ministerial all over the summit the place they mentioned the want to improve implementation and modernize AGOA to translate alternative into concrete advantages for the African folks.
Sassou Nguesso has been out and in of energy for greater than 3 a long time. Asked if he’ll be a candidate on the subsequent elections, he mentioned that individuals who govern whilst considering of the following elections are forsaking their crucial duties. He advised VOA he was once now not one of the ones folks and was once targeting seeking to execute the methods for which he was once elected.