US Announces $533m Humanitarian Assistance For Nigeria, Others

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Tillerson to hold talks with Uhuru

US Secretary of State to discuss national dialogue economic reform with President Kenyatta

It falls to Tillerson to mend the damage as he travels to the continent on Tuesday (March 6), becoming the most senior US official to set foot there since Trump took office more than a year ago.

On Monday, acting assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Donald Yamamoto confirmed the meeting between President Uhuru and Tillerson, although he did not disclose what will be discussed.

Speaking on "U.S. -Africa Relations: A New Framework", Tillerson said over the past century, as African nations emerged from their colonial past, there had been a dramatic increase in America's engagement with Africa. 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.

He said China has contributed significantly to improving the environment for economic development and investment in Africa, and stressed that it has helped boost African countries' capability for sustainable development. But seeing as one of the objectives of the visit is to "spur mutually beneficial trade and investment", the Secretary of State can help us make sense of the USA trade policies towards Africa.

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

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

"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", Tillerson explained.

Tillerson said: "today I'm announcing $533 million in additional humanitarian assistance to fight starvation and food insecurity and address other needs resulting from conflicts in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Lake Chad Basin".

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

THE United States (US) government has announced $533 million (R 6,27 billion) in humanitarian assistance for millions of people facing food insecurity and malnutrition because of conflict or prolonged drought in Africa.

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