President Obama Congratulates Four African Leaders for Progress in their Nations and Extraordinary Work
On March 28, 2013, The US President Barack Obama called for a meeting with the four African leaders whom he met in the Cabinet Room of the White House to congratulate them for the progress in their nations and to thank them for their extraordinary work.
The four leaders were made up of: the Prime Minister of the Republic of Cape Verde, José Maria Pereira Neves; President Macky Sall of Senegal; President Joyce Banda of Malawi and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone.
It has been reported that the White House sees the leaders of Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone as models for the sub-Sahara African region. The leaders also discussed how to deepen United States partnerships to strengthen democratic institutions and promote economic growth, trade, and investment.
According to the White House Blog, “President Obama also commended these leaders for their leadership on food security and engaged the leaders in a fruitful conversation about how the United States can help Africa harness the potential of its young people and empower the next generation of African leaders”.
During the meeting, the leaders further discussed a range of development Issues after which President Obama assured them that the United States would continue to partner effectively with each of their countries.
It should be noted that the meeting and open praise of a few African leaders is President Obama’s approach in letting everyone see which leaders in Africa are doing a good job in running their countries. The examples shown by the leaders of these small countries might not be very significant but their intentions and efforts have been noticed by the Whitehouse and the world earning them the status of “role models” in the region.