Susan Rice: U.S. Fighting ‘Growing Terrorist Threat’ in Africa
Obama also announced more than $1 billion in new funding at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi from the U.S. government and the private sector for entrepreneurs.
“Much of it focused on Africa. Beyond that, we’re investing in women and young people and entrepreneurs who have the hardest time accessing financing and business networks,” she said.
Rice said Obama’s “Feed the Future” initiative has invested more than $5.5 billion since 2010 to improve food security in Africa and other regions.
“We hope to see ‘Feed the Future’ institutionalized so that it continues to transform lives after President Obama leaves office,” she said.
Rice declared that Africa’s potential would never be fulfilled if “elites are skimming off the top” or if leaders “cling to power while they rob their people for personal gain.”
“Each time President Obama made that point on his latest trip, he was met with rousing applause,” she said.
Specifically, Rice said, the U.S. is advocating for women’s rights in Africa as well as equal treatment for LGBT individuals.
“The United States speaks out on behalf of Africa’s daughters and their right to grow up without being forced into early marriages, without being mutilated, without being abused,” she said. “We speak out for our African LGBT brothers and sisters and their right to equal treatment under the law. We speak out for Africa’s minorities and the right to worship freely and pursue one’s dreams.”
Rice also told the conference that Ebola is now under control.
“As of last week, there were only 5 cases, and we will not stop until we get to zero,” she said.