Obama's Africa visit ends

The key focus of the US President's visit was on trade between the US and Africa.

FILE: International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane bids farewell to the Obamas at Waterkloof Air Force base on 30 June 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The legacy of US President Barack Obama's three-country visit to Africa will lie in three key areas, US international relations expert Scott Firsing said on Wednesday.

These areas include youth development, investment and energy infrastructure and food security.

Obama wrapped up his three nation Africa tour on Tuesday.

He spent about a week in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

One of the major focuses of the visit was on trade between the US and Africa.

"He really had the ability to address alot of the key issues regarding the future of Africa and its development."

Firsing said whilst the trip came with a big price tag, it was worth it.

"Overall the visit was very important and symbolises that the US isn't ignoring Africa."

In all of his speeches during the visit, Obama stressed the need for African governments to be transparent and to fight corruption.

Obama and his family landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Friday night.

During his time in South Africa, Obama held bilateral talks with President Jacob Zuma, met with ailing former President Nelson Mandela's family, spoke to youth leaders in Soweto, visited Robben Island and delivered an address at the University of Cape Town (UCT).