July 11, 2014
Pham on the Africa Summit in Washington
Peter Pham, the director of the Africa Centre for the Atlantic Council in Washington, said failing to get one-on-one meetings with Obama could leave African heads of state “feeling snubbed by a leader they've considere to have unusually invested in the continent's future”.
As reported by the Foreign Policy Magazine, Pham said America sees Africa as an “impoverished continent with presidents travelling to Washington hat in hand rather than as nations with robust and growing economies”.
"The bigger picture of course is that Africa has seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies of the world and numerous other countries are engaging with them on a bilateral basis," he said.