Ivanka Trump in Ethiopia, hails Addis Ababa as 'Africa's highest city'

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 15, 2019

She will visit Ivory Coast later in the week and is set to visit a cocoa farm, as well as participate in a meeting on economic opportunities for women in West Africa.

President Donald Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum in February, establishing the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative.

Ivanka Trump arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, Sunday for a summit on African women's economic inclusion and empowerment. It is not clear if President Trumps daughter will be visiting the factory during her stay in Ethiopia.

It was not immediately clear if the controversy that surrounds the USA president will follow his daughter to Africa.

On the continent, reactions to the visit reflected the contradictions of her role. The first daughter will be joined in the Ivory Coast by a congressional delegation that will include Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the White House.

To questions about global aid spending, she has said the administration strives to be generous in a "fiscally responsible way", and has argued that investing in her project, which builds on previous White House efforts, is a way to promote security in developing countries. It aims to coordinate current programs and develop new ones to assist women in job training, financial support, legal or regulatory reforms and other areas.

During her travels, Ivanka Trump will be accompanied by Mark Green, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Ivanka Trump's trip comes not long after first lady Melania Trump did a solo tour of the continent with a focus on child well-being.

President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, has arrived in Ethiopia to promote a United States government initiative aimed at advancing women's participation in the workplace.

Also on board is David Bohigian, acting president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, OPIC.

The US policy in Africa under President Trump has prioritised the war on terror and checking the influence of China.

Experts praised the governmentwide approach, which will incorporate new and existing programs, though some stressed that it was still early in the process.

Marakle Tesfaye, an activist, said, however, "I think she's coming genuinely to empower women and it's good that she's coming because she will push forward our agenda". She said she was pleased to begin in the country with Africa's second-highest population.

Hillary Clinton, as USA secretary of state, "provided high-level attention to these issues", said Runde, who previously worked for USAID and is an informal adviser to the administration on development policy.

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