Blincoln presents a series of ‘Summit and Investment’ in Africa

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Biden to hold 2nd US-Africa summit next year
US company signed an MOU for infrastructure investment with Senegal
“Investing without incurring unmanageable debt”

[다카르=AP/뉴시스]US Secretary of State Tony Blincoln smiles as he takes a question from a reporter during a joint press conference between the US and Senegalese foreign ministers at the Foreign Ministry in Dakar, Senegal, on February 20, 2010. 2021.11.21.

[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Shin Jeong-won = US Secretary of State Tony Blincoln, who is on a tour of three African countries, Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal, has delivered a series of gifts to Africa, including summits and investments.

According to a press release posted on the U.S. State Department’s website on the 20th (local time), Secretary Blincoln attended a signing ceremony for an investment contract between an American company and the Senegalese government in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, on his third and final trip on the same day, saying, “The United States cannot afford it. “I hope[African countries]will bring their global infrastructure business to normal levels without incurring debt.”

He emphasized that US investment is “based on democratic values ​​such as transparency and accountability, the rule of law, competition and innovation,” he said.

At the signing ceremony, four US companies, ABD, Cubic, Bechtel, and Motorola, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on investment worth about 1 billion dollars (about 1.19 trillion won) with the Senegalese government. Motorola will help build a digital communication network for public safety, and the other three will help improve transportation infrastructure.

Secretary Blincol also held talks with Senegalese President Mackie Sal and reaffirmed the cooperative relationship between the two countries.

“They discussed common global priorities, including ending the pandemic, re-igniting inclusive economic growth, and strengthening democratic governance and respect for human rights in the region,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

Prior to this, on the 19th, he announced his plan for the US-Africa summit in a speech at the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) held in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, for his second trip.

“President Joe Biden, as a sign of his commitment to partnership across the continent (Africa), is the leader of the United States and Africa to advance a kind of high-level diplomacy and engagement that will transform relations and enable effective cooperation,” said Blincoln. We want to host the meeting,” he said.

The White House also announced on the same day that “President Biden plans to invite leaders from across the African continent for the second U.S.-African leaders’ summit next year as part of his pledge to revitalize the global partnership and alliance.”

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