Washington, December 16th, 2022 (CPA)-. The USA-Africa Summit, which opened last Tuesday, closed Thursday in Washington after three major announcements including the investment of USD 15 billion by the USA for trade in Africa.
“At the end of 3 days of work and various thematic meetings with the objective of consolidating a strategic, political, economic and security partnership between the United States and Africa. We can retain 3 major announcements from these meetings, namely: the USA will invest 15 billion USD for trade and investment in Africa; the USA supports Africa for the granting of a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and the USA wishes the integration of the African Union as a member of the G20″, we learned from the Presidency of the DRC.
During his meetings, US President Joe Biden praised the close cooperation with Africa. “The agreements you have signed, the investments you have made together, are tangible proof of the enduring commitment we have to each other. Government to government, business to business and people to people. More importantly, this is just a start, there is still so much more we can do together and will do together,” he said.
The DRC expresses its desire to attract American investors
The Democratic Republic of Congo has, during its meetings, expressed its desire to attract American investors wishing to create in the DRC a processing industry for our strategic raw materials.
« During this summit, the DRC made its voice heard not only to denounce the unjust aggression of which it is the victim on the part of the M23 terrorists supported by Rwanda, but also to make known its desire to attract American investors wishing to create in the DRC an industry for the transformation of our strategic raw materials”, underlines the source.
“President Félix Tshisekedi and his delegation had several meetings with not only the American authorities, but also African Heads of State. He successively had a discussion meeting with the American Secretary of State, Antony Bliken and a one-on-one meeting with President Joe Biden,” notes the Presidency of the Republic.
The Head of State, Felix Tshisekedi and his American counterpart Joe Biden, have agreed to work together for a win-win partnership in the exploitation and transformation of strategic materials.
A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between the USA represented by its Secretary of State, Antony Bliken, and the DRC by its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula as well as Zambia by its Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs, Stanley Kakubo, in the presence of their respective Heads of State.
This is a memorandum of understanding between the USA on one side and on the other the alliance of the DRC and Zambia to develop, in Africa in the « copperbelt » region i.e. in south-eastern DRC and northern Zambia, a value chain of raw materials that goes into the production of batteries for electric cars.
The idea is to create a processing industry for these strategic raw materials on site in the DRC and Zambia. The United States can contribute its technology and part of the investment.
USAID ready to support the electoral process in the DRC
The administrator of the American Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, expressed on Thursday the desire of her structure to support the electoral process in the DRC, during a working session with the President of the Republic. , Félix Tshisekedi, on the sidelines of the USA-Africa summit, in Washington.
President Tshisekedi greeting the boss of USAID
According to the Presidency of the DRC, « The American agency wants to strengthen its action, particularly in supporting the electoral process in the DRC, in the fields of health, infrastructure and agriculture ».
“USAID also offered its assistance to come to the aid of the victims of the recent floods which hit the city of Kinshasa following the torrential rains of the night of Monday December 12 to Tuesday December 13, 2022”, also notes the source.