Joe Biden Meets Cyril Ramaphosa

The White House announced on Thursday that President Joe Biden would meet with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa this month as the administration seeks to strengthen ties with African nations at a time when South Africa and its neighbors declared their neutrality regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Meeting Schedule

The announcement of the trip for September 16 follows U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to South Africa earlier this month, during which he stated that the Joe Biden administration views the 54 countries of Africa as “equal partners” in addressing global issues.

The administration, however, has expressed disappointment that South Africa and a large portion of the continent have chosen not to join the United States in denouncing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In a UN vote to denounce Russia’s action, South Africa abstained, and Ramaphosa refrained from criticizing Russia in favor of advocating for a mediated settlement.

After speaking on the phone in April, according to authorities, Joe Biden and Ramaphosa are anticipated to concentrate their discussions on trade and investment, infrastructure, energy and the environment, public health, and South Africa’s leadership position on the continent.

In a statement announcing the meeting this month, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “The two Presidents will underscore the importance of our enduring cooperation and discuss our work together to solve regional and global problems.”

US-Africa Leader Summit

President Joe Biden unvieled on Wednesday that the U.S would host an important meeting in December in Washington, D.C., that will bring together leaders from all over the African continent to tackle severe issues, including food security and climate change.

According to a statement from Joe Biden, “the summit will highlight the importance of U.S.-Africa relations and enhanced cooperation on shared global objectives, as well as the United States lasting commitment to Africa.”

Vice President Kamala Harris announced the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which will take place from December 13–15, at the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Marrakech, which was organized by the Corporate Council on Africa and the kingdom of Morocco and was attended by a delegation from the United States.

About 50 African leaders are anticipated to join Biden for the series of discussions from December 13 to 15, according to a senior administration official speaking anonymously about the U.S.-Africa summit arrangements.

It will occur after a year when Joe  Biden traveled to the Middle East, Europe, and Asia to meet with American allies. Since becoming president, Joe Biden has not yet visited Africa; the summit will be his most in-depth examination of the region’s complexity.

The official said the U.S.-Africa conference was not just about Beijing, even though Biden’s promotion of Western democracies as a counterweight to China has been a mainstay of his diplomatic efforts thus far.

Cyril Ramaphosa

A politician and businessman from South Africa named Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa has led the African National Congress (ANC) since 2017 and is currently the country’s fifth democratically elected president. Ramaphosa was an anti-apartheid activist, trade unionist, and businessman before serving as Nelson Mandela’s secretary general, President Jacob Zuma’s deputy, and the National Planning Commission’s head from 2014 to 2018.

Ramaphosa Reputation

The Soviet Union’s assistance to Ramaphosa’s African National Congress during the Cold War era in its campaign to remove apartheid, South Africa’s system of repression against the Black majority that ended in 1994, is mainly responsible for the country’s neutral stance today. One of the many African nations that would not take a side against Russia is considered as being led by South Africa.

The meeting with Biden will take place when it matters most for Ramaphosa, who is now under fire from both his party and the opposition over allegations that $4 million was stolen from his cattle ranch.

This week, members of Parliament have questioned him about whether the foreign currency had been properly reported to South Africa’s financial authorities and why he delayed reporting the crime. Ramaphosa’s reputation as a leader dedicated to combating the pervasive corruption in his country has been harmed by the incident.

In his bid to be reelected as the head of his party at a conference in December, Ramaphosa will face fierce resistance. He won’t be able to run for president of South Africa again in 2024 if he loses the party leadership race.

COVID-19 Recession

Ramaphosa would welcome any announcement of economic support from the United States as South Africa has been in a recession since the COVID-19 pandemic and has a 34% unemployment rate.

Blinken lauded South Africa and Ramaphosa for establishing a multiracial democracy following years of white minority rule during his visit there last month. He also officially used the trip to introduce a new U.S. policy toward Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Gloria Flynt

I am a Research Content Specialist in Update.co.ke. I have been working with update.co.ke for over 6 months. Update.co.ke is a digital platform that provides news and analysis on business, economy, technology and entrepreneurship in worldwide. I love reading and writing about anything that has to do with science, technology, and developments in the digital world.

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