Issue of the Week: US-Africa Leaders Summit

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First For Wildlife

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SCI Foundation recently attended the US – Africa Leaders Summit for a discussion on illegal trade and poaching of African wildlife. This marked the first time African leaders were invited to the US to discuss cooperative strategies to curb anti-poaching as they relate to the US National Strategy on Combatting Wildlife Trafficking. Representatives from much of Africa were at the table, but the discussion was carried by four heads of state. President of Namibia, Mr. Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Togo, Mr. Faure Gnassingbe, President of Tanzania, Mr. Jakaya Kikwete, and President of Gabon, Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba shared their perspectives of this international issue.

Each President gave an opening address that focused on wildlife trafficking and specifically poaching in their country. Their messages highlighted some successful conservation efforts as well as their concerns and reinforced SCI Foundation’s belief that on-the-ground initiatives and capacity building among governments is critical to tackle…

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