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Talking Points on President Bush’s trip to Africa and on the Bush Administration’s Africa Policy

From Africa Action, [7 July 2003]

President George W. Bush travels to Africa for his first official visit next week. Between July 7 and 12, he will visit the nations of Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria.

The following are talking points covering the key issues in U.S. Africa policy, prepared by Africa Action (202-546 7961).


Trade is high on the agenda of Bush’s Africa trip. Though the Bush Administration promotes trade as the engine of growth, the reality is that the U.S. continues to pursue trade policies that are antithetical to Africa’s interests.


The Bush Administration is increasingly interested in Africa’s oil resources as an alternative to importing oil from the Middle East.


The U.S. is the richest country in human history, but it fails to provide its fair share of foreign assistance to support African efforts to promote human development and overcome great social and economic challenges.

Military Relations

The U.S.’ military footprint in Africa is growing. The U.S. is increasingly interested in establishing military bases and securing access to ports and airfields in Africa for strategic reasons.

Conflict Resolution & Peacekeeping

The refusal of the U.S. to participate in multilateral peacekeeping efforts undermines African initiatives in this area. It also reveals the lack of U.S. commitment to addressing Africa’s most urgent challenges.

Africa’s Debt Crisis

Sub-Saharan Africa’s massive burden of external debt is the largest obstacle to the continent’s development, and to the fight against AIDS.

The AIDS Crisis

The AIDS pandemic is the greatest global threat to human security that exists today. It is taking its most devastating toll in Africa.