Fifth Annual U.S.-AU High Level Dialogue deepens U.S.-African relationship

(EBC; November 17, 2017) - On November 16, the United States hosted the fifth U.S.-African Union High Level Dialogue, continuing this essential partnership and re-affirming the importance of deepening our strategic relationship.

According to the U.S. Mission to the African Union, the bilateral discussion focused on strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, trade, and investment, advancing peace and security, and promoting opportunity and development.

Collaboration on these issue-specific agenda items have helped cement the United States' constructive partnership with the African Union Commission and this year's High-Level Dialogue further deepened our multi-faceted relationship with Africa.

In remarks given on November 16, USAU Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard highlighted the work the USAU is doing with the African Union Department of Political Affairs to implement the AU's African Governance Architecture to promote democracy, good governance, and human rights throughout AU-affiliated bodies, including Regional Economic Communities and member states, for example.

Hosting the High Level Dialogue, Acting Assistant Secretary of State Don Yamamoto said that "Working together we hope to make the most of this opportunity to highlight the successes of the African Union, underscore our mutually productive engagement across the continent, and also to reiterate U.S. support in striving towards the shared goal of a stable and prosperous Africa."

Source: U.S. Mission to the African Union