By Tibor P. Nagy, Jr.*
After having the honor of serving my country as a diplomat for more than 30 years – 22 of them in eight different African countries – this week I have the opportunity for the first time to underscore U.S. interests in and commitment to the continent at the United Nations General Assembly.
In dozens of meetings and conversations in New York, I will highlight the importance of a continued and strong U.S.-Africa partnership that prioritizes the following goals:
- Promoting stronger trade and commercial ties between the United States and Africa by establishing a level playing field across African markets;
- Harnessing the potential of Africa’s tremendous youth bulge as a force for economic ingenuity and prosperity, which is a counter narrative to violent extremism and despair;
- Advancing peace and security through robust partnerships with African governments via bilateral and regional mechanisms; and
- Most importantly, reemphasizing that the United States has an unwavering commitment to Africa.