Food Shortage: US Gives Nigeria, Lake Chad Region $128m Aid

08 March, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Nigeria‚Äôs 2019 elections our major priority says US

The attacks on the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam 20 years ago this August prefigured an era of terrorism in Africa, Mr Tillerson said. "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.

Tillerson contrasted the United States' work on the African continent, which he said promoted "sustainable growth", with that of China, which recently pledged US$124 billion (RM484 billion) for its plan to expand links between Asia, Africa, Europe, and other places. Tillerson did announce Tuesday $533 million in "additional humanitarian assistance" to help with starvation and conflict-related needs in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria, but it was unclear whether all of those funds were new.

Making Tillerson's job harder, he's showing up on the continent with few concrete goals or new actions to announce. "When do we get to see the outlines of what the Trump Africa policy is?"

Secretary Tillerson would meet with officials in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Chad and Djibouti to strengthen U.S. -Africa ties, they said.

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Speaking during a media briefing, Yamamoto said he and American Ambassador Robert Godec have held numerous talks with Odinga and other opposition figures in the past, thus, no need for any meeting with Tillerson.

China is aggressively working to expand its regional influence, which is something of concern to US lawmakers.

Mr Tillerson did not include Kenya, however, among the countries to benefit from a $533 million United States famine-prevention initiative he announced on Tuesday. However, experts highlighted that the visit had no other motivation than to study ways for the United States to be bale to economically benefit even more from Africa, because the grounds of the U.S. foreign policy give priority to capital over any other aspect.

Of the newly announced funds, more than $128 million is for affected populations from Nigeria and countries in the Lake Chad region. Another $110 million was destined for Ethiopia to help amid a drought.


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