Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Ivanka Trump in Africa for Women's Economic Summit

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Jeannette Daniel | 17 April, 2019, 12:59

Ivanka Trump is leaving behind the White House battles over border walls and tax returns to pursue a very different goal in Ethiopia and Ivory Coast.

Whiles in Ethiopia, "Ms. Trump will discuss US -led initiatives to promote opportunities for women's inclusion and learn about ongoing efforts in meetings with Ethiopian government officials and the African Union as well as hold engagements with women leaders in business & civil society", the embassy said.

It was her first stop in Africa on a four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast on behalf of a White House project meant to boost 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.

In addition to attending the summit, the daughter of the US president, who is also an advisor to her father, will meet with female workers in the coffee industry, and tour a female-run textile facility. But thousands of miles from Washington, she is sure to be shadowed by her father's efforts to cut global aid, as well as his past disparaging comments about Africa.

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

For Ivanka Trump, those challenges come with the territory.

The initiative involves the State Department, the National Security Council and other USA agencies.

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Media reports show that the Chinese giant shoes manufacturer, Huajian, which has the biggest shoes factory in Ethiopia, has been producing products for Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump was accompanied by Administrator Mark Green of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

OPIC provides loans, loan guarantees and political risk insurance, funding projects that stretch across continents and industries.

Ms Trump, who also serves as an adviser to her father, will attend a World Bank policy summit while in Ethiopia. The president's 2020 budget proposal requests an additional $100 million for the initiative, which will also be supported by programs across the government as well as private investment. 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.

But he said the abortion-related ban could have a negative economic impact.

Her travel to Africa follows a five-day tour that First Lady Melania Trump made there past year, with a focus on child welfare.

It is to be financed with public and private funds, with an initial budget of around $50 million allocated by USAID, which came under fire when some interpreted the budget as being the equivalent of just $1 per woman the plan hopes to help. "Ivanka Trump is playing a similar role to the role that Secretary Clinton played".

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