Obama commits to opening trade doors for Africa


In Accra, Ghana President Obama lays out his vision for human rights and democracy in Africa’s future. He describes what America’s role in promoting better governance in Africa will be. The speech is entitled, “A New Moment of Promise.” These are some of the things President Obama said:

 

It is an honor for me to be in Accra & to speak to the representatives of the people of Ghana. I am proud that this is my first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as President of the US.

 

The 21st century will be shaped by what happens not just in Rome or Moscow or Washington, but by what happens in Accra as well.

 

I will focus on four areas that are critical to the future of Africa and the entire developing world: democracy; opportunity; health; and the peaceful resolution of conflict.

 

Governments that respect the will of their own people are more prosperous, more stable, and more successful than governments that do not.

 

With better governance, I have no doubt that Africa holds the promise of a broader base for prosperity.

 

People must make responsible choices that prevent the spread of disease… promoting public health in their communities and countries. America will support these efforts through a comprehensive, global health strategy.

 

Africa’s diversity should be a source of strength, not a cause for division We must stand up to inhumanity in our midst.

 

It is never justifiable to target innocents in the name of ideology. I am speaking to the young people.

 

You have the power to hold your leaders accountable, and to build institutions that serve the people.

 

I can promise you this: America will be with you. As a partner. As a friend. Freedom is your inheritance. Now, it is your responsibility to build upon freedom’s foundation

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