February 2, 2023

Senior Biden administration official says the five colors used on the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit’s logo were picked because they are used on most African flags


During a background call on Friday with Today News Africa, a senior administration official attempted to explain the meaning of the five colors used on the logo of the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is hosting in Washington D.C. between December 13 and December 15.

Asked by Today News Africa to explain why the five colors – green, yellow, red, white and blue were chosen, the official said that it was perhaps because those are the dominant colors used on most African flags.

“I think the colors are colors that are used by many flags on the continent, is it not?” the official said when asked whether each of the color had a specific meaning.

At an event on Thursday in. Washington D.C., attended by the African Union Ambassador to the United States, several African diplomats indicated that they were not carried along in planning the summit. It was not clear whether they had any input on the design of the logo.

The official said that President Biden “is very much looking forward to hosting his invited guests and to have meaningful discussions with the heads of state,” particularly around the food security challenges, an indication that Russia, the war on Ukraine may loom large during the summit.

Speaking with Today News Africa on Friday, the official said that all the 49 countries invited by President Biden had confirmed attendance to the summit.

About 45 heads of state have confirmed in-person attendance while one vice president and two foreign ministers have been delegated by their heads of state to represent their countries. The last leader was not disclosed.

“I can just say that we have 50 confirmed delegations and majority of those are heads of state,” the official said, adding to the list the chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat who was also invited by President Biden.

The official said that it was still a bit early to confirm wether President Biden plans to have any bilateral meeting during the summit but that he and Vice President Kamala D. Harris will have “significant engagement throughout the summit.”

The official also disclosed that 246 African and American companies are fully credentialed to attend the U.S. Africa Leaders’ Summit.

“As of December 2, 301 private sector attendees had registered,” for the U.S.-Africa Business Forum taking place on the second day of the three-day summit, a senior administration official told Today News Africa. “Fully credentialed are 112 African companies representing 30 countries, and 134 U.S. companies.”


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Severo Moto Nsa
Severo Moto Nsa
1 month ago

I was reported about this very imoortsny SUMMIT.
A am grateful very much
As FOUNDER and PRESIDENT of the PROGRESS PARTY OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA, unfortunately EXILED
IN Spain. I WISH THIS SAIMMIT TO BE SUCCESFUL. GOD BLES THIS SUMMIT an H.E. Prrsident JOE BIDEN.

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