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Rep. Bass Introduces Resolution Reaffirming U.S. and African Relations

March 18, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Africa, introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives reaffirming bilateral and multilateral relations between the United States and African nations and recognizing the importance of diplomatic, security, and trade relations.

“Africa represents a myriad of opportunities for the United States and must be met where it is – a continent of diverse people, cultures, critical natural resources, and multilateral organization,” said Rep. Karen Bass. “Proper re-engagement requires thoughtful examination of continental dynamics — young populations, rapid urbanization, fast-growing economies and increasing connectivity – coupled with a new perspective on traditional diplomatic and development policies that create mutually beneficial partnerships.  These partnerships should focus on investment, trade, climate change as well as democracy and governance, peace and security, and health.

The resolution expresses that the United States House of Representatives:

  • Reaffirms the mutually beneficial ties between the United States and African nations, based on a strong desire for accountable governance, regional security, inclusive development, and stronger trade relations;
  • Recognizes the importance of the bilateral and multilateral partnerships between the United States and African nations and remains committed to advancing these strategic partnerships through greater interaction between government leaders, agencies and departments, civil society, private industry, and youth; and
  • Acknowledges the dynamic changes on the African continent require a proactive African policy that broadens diplomatic, economic, and academic engagement to harnesses the ideas and expertise of African nations at the national, regional, and municipal levels to address key issues.

Read the entire resolution here.