US seeks to add value: Hillary Clinton

2012-08-07 20:12

Johannesburg - The United States is seeking to give rather than take in its relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa, visiting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

"In our strategy towards Sub-Saharan Africa, [we are] working to build a partnership that adds value rather than extract it," she told reporters after meeting International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria.

Clinton said all partnerships were meant to increase efforts towards greater economic growth, increased trade and investment. Increased development would bring prosperity to the region and the world.

Clinton commended South Africa and the US on efforts they had made in strengthening trade relations.

"We believe in democracy... but we also know that democracy needs to deliver. When it does not deliver, that raises questions.

"Increased trade and investment will help create jobs and strengthen economies and at the same time help us to reduce poverty and create stability."

Clinton is visiting the country with a business delegation to hold talks on strengthening trade and investment relations between South Africa and the US.

The US is South Africa's third biggest trade partner, with trade amounting to R130bn in 2011.

  • bernpm - 2012-08-07 20:18

    yeah, we are here to help you....

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-07 20:57

    Thank you China, you are keeping a lot of folks honest. It's amusing to see Hillary grovelling, what a come down for the American collosus! You've had more than 50 years to improve your country's relationship with Africa, but spurned it, and now your influence is gone for ever. If your country were not dumping subsidised agricultural products on world markets driving down prices, countries like Ghana would be able to generate income through trade. Burkina Faso and Mali for example can produce cotton, but cannot compete against subsidised cotton from your country. Your are the world's largest exporter of cotton, a status you can maintain because you pay tens of billions of dollars to around 3,500 industrial-scale producers. By contrast, there are some 16,000 cotton farmers in Mali, one of the poorest nations in the world. Half of the country's export revenues come from cotton, but your policy depresses prices and stifles market access for small-time players. You force us to open our markets for your goods, yet you impose trade barriers for those products we are competitive. You do this to protect your farmers, but you never for a moment give us room to protect our industries. You fund "rebellions" and supply arms, then you pretend to be peacemakers, offering to mediate in ways that favor your puppets. You employ a do as I say, but not as I do approach when it comes to "free trade".

      Christi Vaughn Roestorff - 2012-08-07 21:16

      Interesting points and rather valid, but to use your example, what is stopping Mali from turning their cotton into cloth and garments then sell that? Sorry China has flooded that market! The reality is that as Africans we have to look after ourselves and our neihbours

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-07 22:09

      christi, valid points, but dont overlook the fact that whatever coutries like mali chooses to do with the raw material they produce, the american oversubsidised raw material still result in a lower priced item by a noticable and varse diference!

      khanyokula - 2012-08-07 22:27

      Dts true

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-08 09:50

      Fidel, Well you should be happy, for another oportunity to rubbish the USA, as that is ALL you can do !! Interesting to compare the USA with China; The score; USA; Has invested billions in SA Has created , direct and indirect, tens of thousands, if not, hundreds of thousands of jobs. Has through their aid programs, saved the lives of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of South Africans, through their aids and malaria programs. China; WHERE is China's investment in SA ? WHERE, did they create just ONE job in SA ?, but there have been tens of thousands, they destroyed! WHERE in the whole of Africa, have they fed ONE hungry child? WHERE in the whole of Africa, have they provided medicine for the sick? Come back in 50 years, and than maybe you can make some comparisons. In the meantime, YOUR brain is of such low capacity, it can only spew HATRED AND ANYTHING NEGATIVE!!!

      Fidel - 2012-08-08 10:19

      I'm not a light switch for you. Do your own research and lets see how dedicated you are to finding the truth about Sino-Africa investment.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-08 16:52

      Right now, in the US/Mandela thread, Fidel states that Nelson Mandela is an "Uncle Tom", a fake. This is how delusional Fidel's world is. One of the most revered leaders the world over, our own Nelson Mandela, is a fake. Such is his world view. Fidel's obsessive and immature anti-West core belief even distorts his view of Nelson Mandela. I wonder what ANC members and voters (67% of South Africans) think of this.

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-09 17:19

      i thought the topic was related to ''US seeks to add value:Hillary Clinton'' it started off so good , but then it got polluted! What a shame!

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-08-07 21:10

    "The United States is seeking to give rather than take in its relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa, visiting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday." Barry Hilton has some serious competition over here.

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-08-07 21:26

    Mike you got that wright !

  • shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-07 22:53

    are we to understand that it is standard US policy to 'take and not give' and that the sub-saharan africa proposal to 'give and not to extract' would be the exception to the rule? The message is clear...........we (the US) need a major regional player in our camp, so before anyone else does it here is a couple of billion $ disguised as a tradedeal .and let see if you can be persuaded to do lean our way! yaa yaa yaah!

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-08 05:29

    Like Iraq? Remember Jonas Savimbi's assination when he was no longer needed, remember all those US Marines trainging with the SADF in the 80's? The white witch speaks with a forked tongue.

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