21 February 2016
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished Leaders of Africa
Ladies and Gentlemen
What a great pleasure it is for me to be part of the Africa 2016 Forum. I thank President Sisi, most warmly, for his kind invitation. What a wonderful opportunity to meet with old and new friends, from all over the world, and to talk together about Africa’s future.
My enthusiasm today is especially strong because of the message which is at the heart of this Forum. And that message is, quite simply, that Africa’s Moment has come.
I am proud to add my strong endorsement to that statement.
To be sure, and to be realistic, serious challenges confront the African peoples. One example is the enormous problem of unemployment among the young – in countries with the highest percentage of youth in the world.
But the story of Africa’s progress and potential is also impressive…