Monday, April 22, 2019

U.S. Government's BUILD Act: How the Act Can Invigorate U.S-Africa Economic & Investment Ties



See featured column article, first published in the prestigious, pan-Africa online media outlet, Allafrica.com, written by the former Chairman of the U.S. Congress House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee, Ed Royce and former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Robin Renee Sanders, on the importance of the U.S. Government's, BUILD Act. The BUILD Act seeks to invigorates US-Africa economic ties: Africa: How the BUILD Act Can Invigorate U.S. Economic Ties





A FEEEDS Blogspot

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Sanders Serves as Visiting Woodrow Wilson Scholar at CBU, Riverside, California
















CEO-FEEEDS, Dr. Robin Sanders served as the 2019 annual Woodrow Wilson Visiting Scholar at Catholic Baptist University(CBU), Riverside, California. Her worked focused on educating students about world affairs, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSAfrica), implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa, particularly in the health and education sectors, sharing the goals of the U.S.' trade facilitation program called the African Growth and Opportunity Act (or AGOA), and stressing the importance of Americans seeing SSAfrica differently as a
strategic investment, trade, and security partner.


Dr. Sanders was also given a tour of CBU's upgraded air fleet  of Piper 2-seater planes at its flight school, which included a  hands on flight with the school's flight director and Sanders taking the plane controls for a short period to loop over the famous, but rare " super blooming poppy fields," of California's Lake Elsinore and Walker Canyon of Western Riverside County.


As part of her subject matter expertise on Africa, Sanders also discussed the China-Africa and US-Africa relationships, noting that these were separate relationships and not a tripartite or 3-dimensional relationship. "Africa will chose its partners, and we can work with the region to help in better scrutinizing contracts, sharing best practices, and pushing our competencies, our value-added expertise, and assist with capacity building" Sanders added.




While at CBU Ambassador Sanders, in addition to her lectures with students, gave a public speech entitled The U.S & 21st Century Africa," as part of a joint CBU-World Affairs Council event that also included a book signing of both Sanders books -

















  

Monday, March 4, 2019

Sanders on China Global Television - Eve of Annoucement of Nigeria's Elections Results





Ambassador Sanders appeared on China Global Television Network (CGTN) with other panelists to discuss what is next for Nigeria on the eve of the announcement of its election results. Clink link to see previously broadcast show on CGTN, "The Heat:" https://america.cgtn.com/2019/02/25/the-heat-nigeria-elections

Amb. Sanders on Al Jazeera - Eve of Nigeran Election Results






Click link to see previous interview of Ambassador Sanders on Al Jazeera News on the even of Nigeria announcement of election results:


Sanders on Al Jazeera - Eve of Nigeria Election Results

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Nigeria's 2019 Final Election Results: Key Factoids, Links to Sanders Feb 20-25, 2019 Election-Related Interviews


Highlights of Key Factoids on the outcome of Nigeria's recently announced final results of the 2019 presidential election are noted below. The country’s Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, made the official announcement late in the evening on February 26, 2019. Links to Dr. Sanders'  February 20-25, 2019 election-related media interviews several days before the final results were announced appear below at the end of the blog. What is key now is the quick post-election factoids, which are:

  • All Progressive Party (APC) incumbent President Mamadou Buhari, 76-years-old, defeated his main rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, with a margin of nearly four million votes.
  • Abubakar's People's Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result.
  • Turnout was 35.6%.
  • February 16, 2019 postponement of elections until February 23, 2019 disappointed many voters, increased political rhetoric, and there were incidences of violence in the northeast, and southern parts of the country, including attacks and burning of ballots of election day February 23, and burning of INEC offices before the February 16, 2019 election postponement.
  • No independent observer has cited electoral fraud, and despite the election being marred with violence and ballot box theft or burning, including the unfortunate loss of life, thus far most outside/international observers have not stated that these issues materially affected the results; we will need to wait and see if this holds.
  • Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 19 of the 36 states while the PDP was victorious in 17 states and in the capital, Abuja.
  • The APC had 15.2 million votes while the PDP had 11.3 million
  • Buhari announced, after his victory he would increase efforts to improve security, the economy, and fight corruption
  • 84 million registered voters, approximately 72 million voted – postponement from February 16, 2019 to February 23, 2019 could have played a big role as a result of attrition or disappointment
  • 42 million young voters, unsure of how many of those actually participated in the 2019 elections
  • 14 million first-time registered voters, again unsure how many of those participated in the 2019 elections
  • February 16, 2019 election postponement reportedly cost the Nigerian government ½ day’s GDP, roughly between 1.2-1.9 billion USD$
  • Key issues for the new administration remain the same: improve the economy, provide jobs (particularly job creation/entrepreneurship opportunities & initiatives for women and small businesses (known in region as small & medium size enterprises, SMEs) for its large young population, address the poverty many of Nigeria's citizens face (particularly women & youth), provide better health and education services, further reduce insecurity both food and physical security issues in the northeast, central (herder-pastoral issues) and Niger Delta regions, along with continuing the fight against corruption.
Ambassador Sanders on the  Elections in Senegal - Straight Talk Africa, VOA https://youtu.be/7AM_cZFJ52U
Ambassador Sanders: Nigerians Are Resilient - Straight Talk Africa, VOA https://youtu.be/2OzcHQqHE0I
Dr. Sanders on Al Jazeera Televison - Newhour - http://mediaview.aljazeera.com/video/lZ4yOZpEUE
Dr. Sanders on China Global Television Network - https://america.cgtn.com/2019/02/25/the-heat-nigeria-elections