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Obama to visit 3 African nations
May 21, 2013, 8:28 am

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The trip will be the president’s first visit to Africa in his second term [Getty Images]

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will start a week-long visit to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania in late June, the White House said on Monday.

During his trip that will run from June 26 to July 3, “the president will reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders,” spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

Obama will meet with leaders from government, business and civil society in his trip, his first to Africa in his second term.

The White House unveiled a new strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa in June last year, as Obama predicted Africa “to be the world’s next major economic success story.”

The highlight among the four strategic objectives in the new strategy is ‘strengthening democratic institutions’ in African countries.

Source: Agencies