VIDEO: US-Africa Summit Eyes Trade, Political Corruption

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VIDEO: US-Africa Summit Eyes Trade, Political Corruption


Sykes, Ed, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


It's going to be a busy three days in the nation's capital, as Washington plays host to 50 leaders from the continent of Africa.

The goals of the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit are clear: spur economic growth, foster investment, and encourage democratic development in these rapidly emerging markets.

"You're the fastest growing economies in the world, and quite frankly the success of the rest of the world depends in part on your success," Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.

The gathering is the first of its kind; never before has the United States engaged with African leaders on such a broad scale to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties. Secretary of State John Kerry says it's time international leaders begin paying attention to some of the issues plaguing the continent.

"We all have a stake in this. This is not an African problem, this is everybody's problem, and everybody's challenge," Kerry said during a discussion Monday morning.

Kerry and Biden point to political corruption as one of the key factors leading to challenges in Africa. …

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