President Obama in South Africa on Sunday touted a “new model” of U.S.-Africa ties, vowing to build economic links vital to helping the continent rise economically and strengthen democracy.

“America has been involved in Africa for decades, but we are moving beyond the simple provision of assistance – foreign aid – to a new model of partnership between America and Africa, a partnership of equals that focuses on your capacity to solve problems and your capacity to grow,” Obama said at the University of Cape Town.