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Now, no one should have to pay a bribe to get a job or to get government to provide basic services. There she is right there. And I want to be very clear. To you and to people across Africa, know that the United States of America will stand with you as you seek justice and progress and human rights and dignity of all people.
So the bottom line is this: As all of you go to — as all of you pursue your dreams — as you go to school, you find a job, you make your voices heard, you mobilize people — America wants to support your aspirations. I want to hear from you about your goals and how we can partner more effectively to help you reach them.
And we want this to be the beginning of a new partnership and create networks that will promote opportunities for years to come. But I do want to leave you with this. You are the heirs of the independence generation that we celebrate this year.
Because of their sacrifice, you were born in independent African states. And just as the achievements of the last 50 years inspire you, the work you do today will inspire future generations.
So — I understand, Tumie, you like to Tweet. And she shared words that have motivated so many — this is what Tumie said: The future is what you make it. So thank you very much, everybody. Now, here are the rules — laughter. People, everybody who has a question, they can raise their hand. Thank you very much. Somebody will translate for me? Just make sure that you stop after each sentence, because otherwise she will forget what you had to say.
Q Thank you very much. Speaks in French and is translated. I do have a question for you and I look forward to getting your answer. President, how truly honored and privileged we feel to be with you today, and how privileged we are to express the voices of African youth, of African young leaders, and of course fully appreciate your recognizing us and giving us the opportunity to be here, and also recognizing our own responsibility to take your voice back home.
I wonder when did you see that particular light? When did you imagine that bringing us here would be such a good idea? And the reason, I think, is because when you think about Africa, Africa is the youngest continent. Many of the countries that you represent, half of the people are under And so we thought that it would be very important for us to have an opportunity to bring the next generation of leaders together.
And so part of what we wanted to do was to communicate directly to people who may not assume that the old ways of doing business are the ways that Africa has to do business.
So in some of your countries, freedom of the press is still restricted. In some of your countries, the problem of corruption is chronic. But Robert Kennedy had a wonderful saying, where he said, some people see things and ask why, and others see things that need changing and ask, why not. New infrastructure — it used to be that you had to have telephone lines and very capital intensive in order to communicate. I also want to make sure that all of you are having an opportunity to meet each other, because you can reinforce each other as you are struggling and fighting in your own countries for a better future.
And you know that sometimes change makes you feel lonely. This is why there are leaders, everybody has something to say. President, my name is Bai Best phonetic from Liberia. Solomon Carter Fuller was the first black — the first black psychiatrist in America and probably in the world. In my country in Liberia, where there are a lot of great people who make landmark accomplishments both in their nation and in the world, many of them are not recognized for their accomplishments.
There are many other young African and young Liberian talented people who have great ideas and who want to come back home and contribute to their countries, to the development of their peoples. But many times, their efforts — their patriotic efforts — are stifled by corrupt or sometimes jealous officials in government and in other sectors.
Many times, they want to seek — that basically leads them to seek greener pastures and better appreciation abroad instead of coming back home. What are your thoughts on this? Given different stages of development around the world, one of the problems that poorer countries often have is that the best educated and the most talented have opportunities elsewhere. And so this is a historic problem.
There are countries in Africa that are growing 7, 8, 9 percent a year. Now, it entails greater risk, so it may be safer to emigrate. But it may be that you can actually achieve more, more quickly back home. And so the question is for young leaders like yourselves, where do you want to have the most impact? So if you want to go back home and start a business, and it turns out that you have to pay too many bribes to just get the business started, at some point you may just give up.
Q Speaks in Portuguese and is translated. And thank you, Mr. President, for this opportunity. That sounds like Portuguese. Q It is, indeed, from Mozambique, sir. President, that, of course, America is a reference point for democracy in the world, and that you, sir, are, indeed a protagonist in that context today, I would love to hear from you, sir, what you would recommend to the young people in Africa and to civil society, in particular, in terms of following principles of nonviolence and good governance and democratic principles in our country.
Because, of course, our reality is very often quite starkly different. There are 80 percent abstentionism often in elections, and elections that, indeed, lack transparency.
And all too often lead, alas, to social conflict. If you have conflict and violence, that scares off investors. And you can get a vicious cycle. So I am a profound believer in not looking at violence as a solution to problems. And I think the moral and ethical power that comes with nonviolence when properly mobilized is profound. Number two, I think the most important thing that maybe young people here can do is to promote the values of openness, transparency, honest debate, civil disagreements within your own groups and your own organizations, because that forms good habits.
And that is something that — applause. And that is something that we have to be honest about. Oftentimes, women are not getting the same voice in African countries, despite the fact that they are carrying more than their fair share of burdens.
So within your own organizations, within your own networks, modeling good democratic practices, listening to people who you disagree with respectfully, making sure that everybody gets a seat at the table — all those things I think are very important.
And if you think about it, back in the s, when all these — your grandparents, great-grandparents were obtaining independence, fighting for independence, the first leaders, they all said they were for democracy.
Remarks by the President at Town Hall with Young African Leaders
And so then you start changing the laws, or you start intimidating and jailing opponents. And pretty soon, young people just like yourself — full of hope and promise — end up becoming exactly what they fought against.
So one of the things that I think everybody here has to really internalize is the notion that — I think it was Gandhi who once said you have to be the change that you seek.
You have to be the change that you seek. And one of the wonderful things about the United States is that in my position as President there oftentimes where I get frustrated, I think I know more than some of my critics. And yet, we have institutionalized the notion that those critics have every right to criticize me, no matter how unreasonable I think they may be.
But what it does mean is that the peaceful transfer of power and the notion that people always have a voice — our trust in that democratic process is one that has to be embraced in all your countries as well.
Let me try to get this side of the table here.
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This gentleman right here. Q Thank you very much, Mr. And I think the young people like us must bring change. And we really need a strong HIV prevention program. But, again, access to treatment must be there. I think the challenge for us as African young leaders is to make sure that this comes to an end and we really need to reduce the transmission. Billions of dollars were committed. We have built off of that. Now, we have couched it in a broader initiative we call the Global Health Initiative.
I will say that in Africa, in particular, one thing we do know is that empowering women is going to be critical to reducing the transmission rate. We do know that. The leader of the Somali Youth Leadership Forum, Abdi Najma Ahmed, then asked whether Americans are prepared to give financial and moral support to those working for democracy in Somalia.
Obama responded by saying that Americans and the U. He said American and Somali interests intersect, which he also said is true of other African nations. Shamima Muslim, who hosts a radio program in Ghana, said her listeners sometimes question the U. Obama replied that the interests of the United States and Africa often overlap, and that America has a huge interest in seeing development across Africa.
He said that while corruption is still widespread in some African countries, the continent is on the move, thanks to its inspiring young people. In his speech in Accra, Ghana, last year, Obama told African audiences of the need to advance entrepreneurship, education and the use of technology to help integrate Africa more fully into the global economy.
The Obama administration is dedicating significant resources to address some of these challenges. Complete trade figures for are being compiled, but give an indication of another good year, according to the U.Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud
But Obama also said in Accra that the future of Africa is up to Africans. Since the early s, democracy has made significant strides. Democratic elections have been held recently in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius and Ghana, which illustrates the importance that Africans have placed on democracy and democratic values, the White House said.
This is what Secretary Clinton said about the importance of Africa.
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