Security threats from Islamist militant groups may be obstacles to the development of stronger economic ties between the U.S. and Africa.
Tightening security in Africa took the primary focus on the final day of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The summit’s main purpose was to foster a stronger economic relationship between the U.S. and Africa, but security issues caused by groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria will make that task difficult.
Nigeria is an essential part of the African economy, and also attracts investment from all over the world. Boko Haram is a major threat to the country’s economy and growth.
To counteract the threats that Boko Haram and other groups such as Al Shabab in Somalia and Kenya, the Obama administration proposed the Counterterrorism Partnership Fund, to be used in Africa and elsewhere.
CCTV America’s Jim Spellman reports.