STRATEGY. In words that contrast with those of his predecessor, the new president has promised to engage in a renewed partnership with Africa.President Joe Biden is committed to restoring American leadership in the world. But what about Africa? The new US president chose to speak on the issue on the eve of the 34 th summit of the African Union. In a video message to heads of state attending the meeting this weekend, Joe Biden pledged a closer partnership between the United States and Africa , and said he hopes to attend the next EU summit in person.