Delaware Congressional District Leader Kelly Wetzel relays her understanding of Africa’s potential for progress.
This week, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware hosted his second annual “Opportunity: Africa” conference at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware. This week, numerous experts on African affairs gathered to discuss sustainable development and trade in Africa. With six of the 10 fastest growing economies, everyone was in agreement that Africa is not an area to overlook.
Kelly with Kenyan Ambassador to the United States, Elkanah Odembo. Photo credit: Kelly Wetzel.
Kenyan Ambassador to the United States, Elkanah Odembo, spoke of the growth his country has seen as Kenya celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence. Kenya also held Africa’s first presidential debate this week. Odembo took pride in these accomplishments, but also stressed that Africa as a whole still has a long way to go. He believes that the US needs to continue its involvement in the continent as funding towards programs such as PEPFAR and the Global Fund has saved millions of lives.
Kelly with Michael Gerson, Senior ONE Advisor. Photo Credit: Kelly Wetzel.
All in all, Senator Coons provided another successful and informative conference on African affairs. As chair of the Subcommittee on African Affairs, Coons remains committed to the progress of the region.
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