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First, there was the June 14 Presidential Policy Directive geared towards sub-Saharan Africa. Now, the White House Office of Public Engagement is holding a conversation Monday, July 30 with hopes of soliciting feedback from those involved with Africa-related issues.
“Administration officials will be discussing the core components and strategic priorities outlined in the Presidential Policy Directive,” said an announcement from the White House on July 27.
Specifically, they are asking the public to participate in the discussion by submitting questions through an online form and watching the discussions live at 11 a.m. ET or join the conversation live via Twitter. The Twitter hashtag is #WHChat
Meanwhile, Mwangi S. Kimenyi and Nelipher Moyop of the Brooking Institution have been particularly critical of the administration with regard to its policy towards Africa.
In “Favorite or Prodigal Son? U.S.-Africa Policy under Obama,” they said:
“But after two and half years of Obama’s presidency, a sense of disappointment among Africans is building.” The article is dated July 6, 2011.