President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s at the US Summit

presidnet of mali in the us ummitBy Mel Brown

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s at the Center for Strategic and International Studies presentation is important in light of the continuing instability in the North of Mali. The latter is partially the result of the ongoing crisis in Libya which is aggravating the security situation throughout the Sahel.

If Malian Americans can join with other like minded constituencies to strengthen the hand of the Obama Administration in alliance with the French, this would be a most productive development for the security situation in the West African region.

As usual American mass media coverage on Africa has a short shelf life.

After Tuesday coverage on the White House summit dropped off precipitously.  This is partially the reason for the hiatus since my last briefing.


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Summit coverage by business and financial media outlets has remained unabated precisely because their readership has more skin in the game.  Bloomberg media is a notable example of the latter.

The continent is projected to be a $2.6 trillion USD market by 2020.

Africa is open for business.  The continent is projected to be a $2.6 trillion USD market by 2020.

The African diaspora in America which has successfully put tens of billions USD into the continent annually in remittances and direct investment, should be recognized as a key partner with corporate America in this enterprise.

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