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In August this year US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken outlined a reset of Washington’s relationship with the continent By Mxolisi Ncube Africa has been for a long time the stepchild in global affairs. It is under-represented at the United Nations without a permanent seat on its security Council. The US and the West have struck alliances and treaties such as ASEAN, Nato AND Nafta with nations across all continents accept Africa. As the world is glued to TV screens watching the mounting excitement at the Qatar soccer world cup, Africa is also under-represented as a continent in terms of competition slots compared to other global regions. Africa has five slots in Qatar compared to Europe’s 13. Next week in Washington President Joe Biden will be hosting about 45 African heads of state in Washington for the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit.