The pandemic has stopped my wife and I from taking our baby back to America

by Stephen B. Wilcox | CNN

My wife and I, both American citizens, decided to work with a fertility clinic in Ghana in an attempt to have a child. Our reasons are a little complicated but not particularly relevant to what I have to say. We worked with an excellent clinic called Medifem in Accra, where we traveled in February.

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Can Trump’s Prosper Africa make America greater than China and other partners in Africa?

By Landry Signé and Eric Olander

The official launch of the Trump Administration’s Prosper Africa program at the Corporate Council on Africa’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Mozambique on June 19 comes after months of policy talk about ramping up trade and investment between the United States and African countries. Prosper Africa aligns with the Trump administration’s Africa strategy, introduced by National Security Adviser John Bolton last December, which aims to promote prosperity, security, and stability in U.S.-Africa relations, and confirms the administration’s prioritization of trade and investment to reach those three objectives. Continue reading “Can Trump’s Prosper Africa make America greater than China and other partners in Africa?”

A Visitor in My Homelands: Too African for the U.S. and Too American for Nigeria

My relationship to my ancestral home is complicated yet precious.

By Itoro Udofia

People often assume I was not born and raised in the United States. As a child of Nigerian immigrants bearing an indigenous name, and with features etched from another land, I have never felt like I fully belong here.

But I’ve also had difficulty fitting in with my Nigerian origins. Continue reading “A Visitor in My Homelands: Too African for the U.S. and Too American for Nigeria”

U.S. Ambassador Reflects on Ethiopia’s Transition

By Michael Arthur Raynor, US Ambassador to Ethiopia

At this time last year, I spoke about the incredible promise of the reform efforts under His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, and the unprecedented opportunity for Ethiopia to build a prosperous, peaceful, and democratic future. I’m excited by the many gains since then, and remain firm in my optimism today. Continue reading “U.S. Ambassador Reflects on Ethiopia’s Transition”

The story of a private-equity fund shows how a U.S.-Egypt reset could begin

By David Ignatius

You can’t find many success stories in the United States’ sour, sullen relationship with Egypt over the past decade. Mostly it has been a tale of mutual suspicion, thanks to erratic U.S. policy and growing Egyptian political repression.

But talking with Amal Enan, a 33-year-old Egyptian economist, you realize what a healthy relationship could accomplish. She runs the Cairo office of an innovative, little-noticed development project that’s quietly backed by the two governments, known as the Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund.

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A New Paradigm for U.S.-African Relations – African Regional Capitalism

By Mekki Elmograbi

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Capitalism is quietly transforming Africa. Now it is time for international institutions – and Western perceptions – to catch up.

Private sector-led growth has shown impressive gains in South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, and Ivory Coast. In fact, these economies are rated among the best ten African countries for investors, according to Venture Africa Report 2019. Continue reading “A New Paradigm for U.S.-African Relations – African Regional Capitalism”

President Kagame and Bill Gates: Every vaccine is a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the African economy

By Paul Kagame and Bill Gates

According to United Nations projections, by the end of this century, Africa will be home to one of every three people on the planet and to five of the world’s 10 largest cities, including the largest — Lagos, Nigeria.

President Paul Kagame

Bill Gates

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The African Renaissance the U.S. Can’t Afford to Miss

By Markos Kounalakis

Ethiopia is the latest nation where an international aviation accident is in sharp focus, but the country itself is treated merely as the hazy backdrop and tragic context for a larger geopolitical story.

This one involves Boeing, China trade wars, and the credibility of American regulatory institutions.

All important stories, for sure, but Ethiopia is more than the tragically fatal scene of a plane crash. With more than 100 million people, Ethiopia is the second most populous African nation after Nigeria. Landlocked Ethiopia is also the continent’s fastest growing economy with arguably its most dynamic young leader.

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