The United States–Africa Leaders Summit is an international conference to be held in Washington D.C. in August 2014.
The summit will focus on trade and investment and will underline the United State’s commitment to the continent’s people, democracy and security. It will facilitate the discussion on how to deepen this partnership. US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said that new deals worth about $900 million would be announced at the summit.
A number of organisations have written to President Obama to draw particular attention to the rights of LGBT Africans. The Human Rights Campaign and Human Rights First issued a statement urging Obama to include the discrimination against this minority in the agenda and described this summit as a ‘once-in-a-generation moment’ to promote equality. Homosexuality is criminalized in 37 Africans states. It is punishable by death in four countries: Mauritania, Nigeria (states under Sharia law), Somalia and Sudan; and up to life imprisonment in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Only South Africa grants full marriage equality and constitutional protection against discrimination.
Africa consists of 54 sovereign states; all except Morocco are members of the African Union. Invitations were extended to fifty African leaders who are “in good standing” with both the US and the African Union. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission was also invited.
President Obama will meet the leaders “as a group”, and not on an individual basis.About 50 heads of state have accepted invitations and are planning to attend.
Country Title Leader
Congo–Brazaville President Denis Sassou Nguesso
Egypt Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab
Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Ghana President John Dramani Mahama
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta
Liberia Vice President Joseph Boakai
Malawi President Peter Mutharika
Mozambique President Armando Guebuza
Nigeria President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
South Africa President Jacob Zuma
South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit
Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete
Zambia Vice President Guy Scott