(USA/Africa) Getting It Right: U.S. Trade and Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa (CSIS)

Judd Devermont, Marielle Harris

Upon the conclusion of his eight-country trip to Africa in 1957, Vice President Richard Nixon recommended to President Dwight Eisenhower that “the United States Government through its agencies should, as appropriate, draw the attention of private American capital for investment to opportunities in those areas where the conditions for such investment are propitious.” In the following 60 years, every U.S. administration—Republican and Democrat—has echoed this sentiment.