Africa: Joint statement of the eighth annual high-level dialogue between the United States and the AUC

The text of the following statement was issued by the Government of the United States of America and the African Union Commission on the occasion of the High Level Dialogue between the United States and the African Union.

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The United States and the African Union Commission (AUC) convened on March 11 in Washington, D.C., the eighth annual high-level dialogue between the United States and the AUC, led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken. and the Chairman of the AUC Delegation, Moussa Faki Mahamat. The AUC and the United States reaffirmed their strong commitment to work together, based on mutual interests and shared values, to address global issues such as health security, climate change, inclusive economic growth and peace, security and governance. Secretary Blinken and President Moussa Faki signed a new Memorandum of Cooperation to advance the partnership between the United States and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

Secretary Blinken and President Moussa Faki discussed strengthening the U.S.-AUC partnership to focus on shared global concerns, including ending the current COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for future health threats; building partnerships on climate change strategies in the face of threats to global stability; and strengthen democracy and democratically elected governments on the continent.

Health: US inter-agency officials and AU Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Minata Samate Cessouma, discussed building health capacity in Africa and operationalizing the regional collaborating centers of the Africa CDC. Ensuring strong systems and infrastructure, including national public health institutes, is essential to prevent, detect and respond to future infectious disease threats and improve the health of our global citizens. Participants also discussed COVID-19 response efforts and highlighted U.S. investments in the health sector, including through PEPFAR and other programs.

It was discussed to build on existing public health assets, including those for HIV, TB and malaria, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other future disease threats. Participants recognized the importance of operationalizing the African Medicines Agency (AMA).

Climate: Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Monica Medina, highlighted US support for the AUC Strategy on Continental Climate Change and Resilient Development in Africa through US programs including PREPARE, the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience. US and AU Commission officials discussed Africa’s priorities for COP27, which will be hosted by Africa in November 2022, in particular transitional and sustainable financing. The AU plays a leading role in promoting continental implementation of global climate commitments aimed at preventing the global temperature from rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius. Participants also discussed the nexus between climate, food security and food systems in the context of the AU theme on nutrition and food security for 2022.

Economic Growth: Deputy Assistant Secretary Akunna Cook and Commissioner of the AU Commission for Economic Development, Tourism, Trade, Industry and Minerals, Albert Muchanga, led a strategic discussion on economic growth inclusive and investment opportunities. Noting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on economies in the region, officials discussed the importance of boosting economic growth in response to the pandemic. The officials reaffirmed U.S. support for the AfCFTA and other Agenda 2063 programs and projects to achieve sustainable economic development, build regional value chains, and increase both competitiveness and business opportunities. investment for mutual benefit. Participants discussed the importance of engaging with the private sector to increase trade and investment with Africa in pursuit of inclusive economic development, including strengthening AGOA beyond its current framework .

Peace and Security: Dana Banks, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council for Africa, Molly Phee, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Bankole Adeoye, AUC Commissioner for Political Affairs, at the peace and security, described the common principles that underpin the United States. – AUC security relationship. They discussed the importance of concrete action to address threats to democracy, including recent military coups and takeovers, breaches of constitutional term limits and growing negative influence in the world.

The officials stressed that these negative trends across the continent undermine the fundamental principles of the AU, including the promotion of democratic ideals. US and AU officials share the vision that the AU becomes the guarantor of continental security, promoting peace and democracy through an operationalized and sustainable African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and to an African governance architecture. In addition, APSA provides a critical platform to prevent conflict, including addressing governance gaps that fuel conflict and create vulnerabilities exploited by terrorists, insurgencies and international criminal networks. Participants affirmed their commitment to intensify efforts to strengthen vital and inclusive democratic institutions and promote good governance as the most effective way to meet the needs and aspirations of African citizens for a healthier, more peaceful and more prosperous future. .