US Energy Summit Cancelled as Africans Denied Visas

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A planned US-Africa energy summit has been cancelled after participants travelling from Africa were all denied visas, Kenya’s Business Daily reports organisers as saying.

The conference had been scheduled to take place in Madison, Wisconsin. Samba Baldeh, a native of Gambia and an elected official in Madison, says: “This is part of a broad policy of the Trump administration to deny, stall and obstruct visa requests regardless of their source.”

African ambassadors to the US from Botswana, Ghana and South Africa were listed as speakers at the event, as was the co-ordinator of former President Obama’s Power Africa programme, the news site says.

By denying them entry, the US has “squandered a great opportunity for energy-deprived nations to work with advanced energy providers of the US and Wisconsin,” Mr Baldeh added in comments reported by the Wisconsin State Journal.

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