- “There had been some talk about the legacies of colonialism and other policies by wealthier nations, and without in any way diminishing that history, the point I made was that the South Korean government, working with the private sector and civil society, was able to create a set of institutions that provided transparency and accountability and efficiency that allowed for extraordinary economic progress, and that there was no reason why African countries could not do the same.”
Some have wondered: how could Obama visit a corrupt, despotic African country like Egypt, and not visit Kenya? These are two complete different issues; Egypt is one of the most important players and movers for the search for Middle East peace. America very much needs Egypt, if peace is to be achieved in the Middle east. And most of all - Egypt, after Israel, is America's most important ally, in the most volatile part of the world: the Middle East. Obama had to visit Egypt.
The issue with Kenya is different. By not coming to Kenya, Obama is simply trying to send a message and get Kenyan leaders to move their country in the right direction. And the message is for all of Africa: the continent needs clean leaders and good governance. ".....if you talk to people on the ground in Africa, certainly in Kenya, they will say that part of the issue here is the institutions aren’t working for ordinary people and so governance is a vital concern that has to be addressed.” Are Kenyan leaders listening?