Friday, July 10, 2009
I just spoke with Hearst Television Inc. about President Obama's visit to Ghana, and made the following points: I believe the President will use the visit to Ghana to underscore that country's successful elections over the past 15 years and to make his first major remarks on U.S. policy towards Africa. I believe some of the major themes in his remarks will be strengthening democratic institutions on the continent, helping African countries to prevent and mitigate conflict, encouraging sound economic policies and sustainable growth, and working with Africa to diminish the negative issues such as food insecurity, climate change, health pandemics, terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and maritime insecurity. The Obama administration seems to be very interested in improving African agriculture. At some point, the administration's signature program for the continent may be assistance for creating a green revolution.