Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Tillerson promoting US-Africa relations and damage control

Tillerson promoting US-Africa relations and damage control

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to Africa and into some political crises in Ethiopia and Kenya.

"The United States pursues developed, sustainable growth that bolsters institutions, strengthens rule of law and builds the capacity of African countries to stand on their own two feet", said Tillerson.

The African Union, which represents 55 countries in the continent, demanded an apology by Trump and a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations also denounced the comments, saying that they were 'scandalous, racist and xenophobic.' After more than one year in the post, Trump has not appointed any head of the U.S. diplomacy to Africa and the embassies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Africa and five other countries are still without diplomatic representatives. "When do we get to see the outlines of what the Trump Africa policy is?"

Other countries that Mr. Tillerson will visit are Nigeria, Djibouti and Chad, countries ravaged by the threat of terror and corruption.

In Djibouti, China's development of its first overseas military base just a few miles away has been cause for concern for the USA, illustrating the military side of a broader competition between the US and China playing out across the continent.

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"Chinese investment does have the potential to address Africa's infrastructure gap, but its approach has led to mounting debt and few, if any, jobs in most countries", said Tillerson. The government reacted aggressively when opposition leader Raila Odinga held a mock inauguration, shutting down TV stations and arresting opposition politicians, but the USA has largely voiced support for Kenyatta.

Last month, three United Nations aid agencies and the National Bureau of Statistics described the food situation as alarming with over seven million people in South Sudan estimated to be food insecure.

Of the newly announced funds, more than $128 million is for affected populations from Nigeria and countries in the Lake Chad region.

In a conference call with reporters on Monday, previewing Tillerson's trip, Dona Yamamoto, acting assistant secretary of state for African affairs, stressed the need for investment in girls' education and entrepreneurial and youth development programs.

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