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Obama pledges $7 billion to upgrade power in Africa

Posted by on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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(CNN) -

A A A (resize font) U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $7 billion Sunday to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa.

Funds from the initiative, dubbed Power Africa, will be distributed over the next five years.

"More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and more than 85% of those living in rural areas lack access," the White House said in a statement.

Sub-Saharan Africa will need more than $300 billion to achieve universal electricity access by 2030, the statement said.

The preliminary setup will include Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria , Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.

"These countries have set ambitious goals in electric power generation, and are making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth," the statement said.

Obama's announcement came during his trip to South Africa, the continent's biggest economy. The visit is part of his three-nation trip that started in Senegal and will end in Tanzania this week.

The trip aims to bolster U.S. investment opportunities, address development issues such as food security and health, and promote democracy.

It comes as China aggressively engages the continent, pouring billions of dollars into it and replacing the United States as Africa's largest trading partner.

Obama applauded China's investment in Africa, saying he is "not threatened by it."

Africa's greater integration into the global economy will benefit everyone with the potential creation of new jobs and opportunities, he said.

"I'm here because I think the United States needs to engage with a continent full of promise and possibility," Obama said. "It's good for the United States. I welcome the attention that Africa is receiving from China, Brazil, India and Turkey."

However, he urged African officials to ensure that those who invest in the continent and its natural resources benefit Africans in terms of jobs and others.

Before he leaves South Africa on Sunday, Obama will also visit Robben Island, where anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela spent a majority of his 27 years behind bars. He will also address citizens at Cape Town University, the same site of a popular speech by Robert F. Kennedy at the height of apartheid in 1966.

He then heads to Tanzania, where he is scheduled to attend events until Tuesday.

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Christy644
by on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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and our troops go without breakfast and we still have homeless people, and we still have a failing education system, and a livable wage is out of reach for many, should I keep going?

couture-mommy
by She.Me.Her on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Good
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM
6 moms liked this
He is a idiot!! Thanks to everyone who voted for rat instead of helping USA he helps everywhere else
LadyAmaranth
by on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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Oh goodie....just what this country needed.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Why is that good


Quoting couture-mommy:

Good

Lizard_Lina
by on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Pretty much


Quoting Christy644:

and our troops go without breakfast and we still have homeless people, and we still have a failing education system, and a livable wage is out of reach for many, should I keep going?


RissyLee
by Platinum Member on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM
10 moms liked this
If he can afford $7 billion to Africa, when is he going to pay the gas and electricity bills for those in our country that are going without heat, lights, or AC? We need to fix our country before we focus on Africa.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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A black president more worried about helping a black country?? NO WAY? shocking.

Wicked.Jester
by on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

We are 16 TRILLION in debt.....where is this 7 billion coming from?

HAHAHAHAHA

xixCandyxix
by Platinum Member on Jun. 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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Oh wonderful, his "vacation" wasn't really a "vacation" and he just went to Africa to give away even more of America's money. Sorry when your own country isn't doing that great you shouldn't be handing out money like that.

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