Obama Declares a New Era of US-Africa Relations

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“I think this is one of his crowning achievements,” Obama said of Bush’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. “Because of the commitment of the Bush administration and the American people, millions of lives have been saved.”

But Obama said he wants to change the approach.

“We are looking at a new model that’s based not just on aid and assistance, but on trade and partnership,” he said. For example, he said he doesn’t want to just provide food aid but help for Tanzanians to grow their own.

“Ultimately, the goal here is for Africa to build Africa for Africans,” Obama said. “And our job is to be a partner in that process.”

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