Carson said U.S. policy toward Africa is based on five principles: strengthening democratic institutions, improving economic growth, increasing public health levels, resolving and preventing conflicts, and contributing to Africa’s capacity to deal with trans-national problems.
Carson laid out several instances of the Obama administration prioritizing the African continent—The President’s visit to Ghana last July was the earliest by a sitting U.S. President to Africa; he hosted a lunch with 26 African heads of state at the UN last September, he has met in the oval office with President Kikwete of Tanzania, President Khama of Botswana, and Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangarai. And last August, Secretary Clinton and Carson visited seven African countries.
The United States has a long history of humanitarian assistance with African nations, highlighted by signature programs such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. And as developing countries account for forty percent of all U.S. trade now, it is critical for the United States to continue to support African nations. The humanitarian need, the economic benefits and the national security aspects of the African continent make U.S. engagement with African nations money well spent.