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US-Africa Policy: “Somethings Do Not Need to Change… They Need to Be Expanded and Scaled Up” Elumelu tells Trump and Clinton




Tony Elumelu

Tony Elumelu

Delivering a speech in Delaware at US Senator, Chris Coons’ ‘Opportunity: Africa Conference 2016’, Elumelu told presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, ‎that on the US-Africa Policy, “somethings don’t need to change. What they need is to be expanded and scaled up. In other words, we need more U.S. engagement in Africa through mutually beneficial trade and investment,‎” he said.

“That is exactly what I, and 200 other US and African political and business leaders including President Obama and over 30 African Presidents, will be discussing next week at the US-Africa Business Forum in New York, how to strengthen mutually beneficial economic ties between the African and American peoples,” Elumelu said.

According to Elumelu, “If we give our people the economic tools to thrive, living standards increase, the political challenges that Africa faces can be tackled and fundamental positive change can be assured.”

He‎ called on the next US President to work in Shared Purpose with Africans on implementing innovative solutions to the complex but surmountable challenges in Africa.

He also challenged the American electorate, saying: “So when you meet, write, call and email your political candidates and representatives and the elected President in November, tell them that when it comes to Africa, you want More. And by ‘More’, I mean more engagement, more positively impactful policies and more development and commercial investment in Africa.”

In closing, ‎Elumelu said “I am an unashamed optimist and I believe that working together, in Shared Purpose, which is what Africapitalism is about, we can help usher in economic transformation that will ensure Africa is  a critical player in the 21st Century global economy.”

Photo Credit: Twitter/Tony O. Elumelu


  1. Fleur

    September 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Just thinking out loud about which initiative of his can be scaled. I can’t remember any that has yielded fruit recently…… especially have the power initiative on my mind. Talk, talk, big talk, empty talk, simple minded talk, blah, blah, blah. Unfortunate that these are the people with access to USA leaders. Bella folks please prove that I came out from under a rock by paying outcomes and impact of elumelu foundation. I would really like to point to successful initiatives by our big men that are transformative in ways that increase gainful employment, livable wages, and well being so the USA and other foreign govts can scale.

  2. Fleur

    September 20, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    …….by posting outcomes and impacts….

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