US prepares to host 1,000 African officials as Leaders Summit details emerge

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Friday, 25 November 2022 10:18

Former US President Barack Obama delivers opening remarks at the first US-Africa Leaders Summit Session One on 'Investing in Africa's Future,' at the U.S. State Department in Washington August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

The Joe Biden administration expects upwards of 1,000 African government and business leaders to descend on Washington next month for diplomatic talks and commercial dealmaking, according to US officials and leaked planning documents.

Already, 45 out of 49 invited heads of state – plus African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki – have confirmed their attendance, White House senior advisor for the US-Africa Leaders Summit Dana Banks told reporters this week.