Former U.S. Official Lists Steps to Help Africa

Published August 27, 2009

The trip to Africa by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t completely address the core problems of the continent, according to a former Bush administration official.

In a Wall Street Journal essay, Jendayi Frazer, the former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs who is now a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, says the U.S. needs to make four steps to translate the “tough love” message into actual help for those on the continent.

For one, “Place Eritrea on the list of state sponsors of terrorism,” Frazer writes. The East African nation, Clinton believes, aids the terrorist group al Shabaab. By targeting Eritrea, Clinton “can help prevent a future attack on our diplomatic missions and citizens in the Horn and East Africa.”

Secondly, the administration should “oppose congressional legislation to extend the trade preferences in the African Growth and Opportunity Act to all developing countries.” While the program has had great success in Africa, Frazer believes that extending it beyond the continent will “undermine” its success in Africa.

Frazer also says the administration needs to hold a summit with leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

And the fourth step the United States needs to take is to move the U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) headquarters to Liberia. The headquarters are currently in Germany. The move would benefit the nation economically and would promote security, Frazer writes.

Written by BET.com Staff

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