US Allocates Billions for the Needy in Africa

US Allocates Billions for the Needy in Africa

US Allocates Billions for the Needy in Africa

"Our country's security and economic prosperity are linked with Africa's like never before", he said, adding the Africa-U.S. engagement will only intensify in the coming decades for several reasons. The trip hardly appears to be a "reset" by the Trump administration in its approach to Africa. "He also lauded the success of signature George W. Bush and Barack Obama programs like Power Africa to provide electricity, the Young African Leaders Initiative to support upcoming leaders, and the PEPFAR initiative to fight HIV/AIDS..." Tillerson did announce Tuesday an additional $533 million in humanitarian assistance to help with starvation and conflict-related needs in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria, but it was unclear exactly where the money would come from.

"But more important is the potential for high rates of unemployment if we don't position ourselves now to look at how we can develop Africa and be a part of that development and really the opportunity".

Making Tillerson's job harder, he's showing up on the continent with few concrete goals or new actions to announce.

Critics argue that the Trump administration's neglect of Africa and narrow focus leaves it increasingly irrelevant to African leaders.

"... The Trump administration has yet to nominate a chief US diplomat for Africa, while eight embassies, including South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia, remain without ambassadors. If Trump and Tillerson were seriously interested in issues of trade, public health, and good governance, he would have at least included democratic South Africa on his agenda", Stremlau said.

Mr. Tillerson will meet with Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and also leaders of Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya during his travels from March 6 to 13. Trump has not named an assistant secretary for Africa to oversee the continent, nor an ambassador to key countries like South Africa.

Florida Wants Daylight Saving Time Year-Round
In 2007, Daylight Saving got a few weeks longer, running from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. It's nearly that time of year again to spring forward and move your clocks up an hour for Daylight Saving Time to begin.

"But the main focus is to talk to the government", Yamamoto said.

Earlier this month, on February 17, the USA embassy in Addis Ababa released a statement saying the U.S. "strongly disagrees" with the state of emergency imposed by Ethiopia on February 16. "He received support from the commander of US military forces in Africa, who advocated Tuesday for a stronger diplomatic arm on the continent..."

Tillerson will also visit Kenya, where the political system is in turmoil over disputes related to President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

Before arriving in Addis Ababa, Tillerson announced $533 million in additional humanitarian assistance to fight starvation and hunger in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and other countries.

The former Exxon Mobil CEO's itinerary reflects big changes and big challenges underway across the continent. The energy behemoth has significant business dealings in sub-Saharan Africa, including in Chad, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

Related news