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TitleU.S. - Africa Relations: Southern Africa Position Paper
AuthorACBF; BIDPA
SubjectU.S - Africa Relations, International Relations
Date of Publication2014
PublisherACBF, Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA)
Number of Pages84 pages
LanguageEnglish
Geographical CoverageAfrica, Southern Africa
KeywordsPEACE AND SECURITY, DEMOCRACY AND LEADERSHIP, ECONOMY, AGRICULTURE, INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT, ICT AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS, WATER AND SANITATION, MARITIME, PORTS AND INLAND WATERWAY, TOURISM, TRANSPORT
AbstractIn view of the upcoming U.S.-Africa Summit in August 5-6, 2014, the position paper conducts an assessment of the US –Africa relations with a specific focus on the Southern Africa Region. The paper aims to provide a concise analysis of the state, evolution, challenges, opportunities and possibilities for mutually beneficial U.S.-Southern Africa relations. More importantly, the position paper identifies key issues to guide policy in fostering sustainable growth enhancing strategic partnerships between the US and Southern Africa and highlights the requisite capacity development priorities that should be integral in the partnership models sought. In line with the scope of analysis as outlined by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the recommendations are based on an evidence based assessment of key aspects relating to peace and security; economic (trade, investment, aid, remittances); socio-cultural and governance. The key economic challenges in the region are highlighted with emphasis for an inclusive partnership approach that turns the current challenges in the region into opportunities for strategic developmental partnerships. The analysis demonstrates that the US has been a major contributor to the economic, social and human progress with development assistance on various fronts in Southern Africa through contributing among others, to education, health and infrastructure development. Countries in the region have significantly benefitted from the aid assistance in the maintenance of peace and security, addressing conflict in their economies and making progress on democracy, governance and accountability. However, although notable progress has been achieved with assistance from the US, sustainable development in the Southern African region given the still prevalent challenges on some sectors such as health, education, agriculture, power and energy, water and the manufacturing sectors requires partnerships between the two regions that would spearhead foreign direct investment flows into these sectors to stimulate direct involvement in the production process and value chain development to create competitive industries in the region.
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