US Secretary Of State Tillerson Traveling To 5 African Nations This Week

Posted March 07, 2018

Tillerson will make stops in Ethiopia, where he'll meet with national leaders as well as with representatives of the African Union, and then Djibouti, Kenya, Chad, and Nigeria. Nigeria and Chad are deeply involved in the struggle against the Islamist, anti-western Boko Haram, which involves limited USA military training and equipment sales.

It falls to Tillerson to mend the damage as he travels to the continent on Tuesday, becoming the most senior US official to set foot there since Trump took office more than a year ago. "And of course, human rights is also another important issue".

The administration said the funds would come from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, but did not give details.

"And those are horrendous, they're unacceptable and awful".

"It has really very complex political issues and ethnic, tribal and security issues". However, since the beginning of President Trump's tenure, trade tariffs have shown little trade and investment interest in Africa; the president, has so far been consistent with the "America First" economic agenda. The answer has to be developing institutions and also providing good police training, military training, and having governments accountable to the people and having people really have faith in their institutions, and also having opportunities for job creation.

"So those are some of the things that we're looking at, much more broad-based, comprehensive, and really interrelated with security".

The United States (US) government has said that its primary concern in the coming 2019 general elections in Nigeria will be how to ensure a peaceful and democratic transition.

The department said over two decades ago, the number of countries in Africa with really democratically elected government were really very few only three or four.

The department expressed hope that African countries now with democratically elected governments will not have transitions through undemocratic means.

Much of the world is "questioning whether we really have the energy, the engagement, the investment to sustain what has for 70 years been the rules-based liberal world order the United States built after the Second World War", said Sen.

Carson says the USA is right to warn African countries about the consequences of the large amount of debt they are piling up with China. He pointed out that there are still challenges but noted that the election of Mr. George Weah in Liberia is encouraging. "For some of these states security is indeed the key issue", he adds, "but it should not be the only focus of USA policy in Africa".

The trip hardly appears to be a "reset" by the Trump administration in its approach to Africa.

"Military operations are having some success in weakening the group while creating space for the Somalis to undertake the political reconciliation and economic reform necessary to defeat the forces of extremism over the longer term", the U.S. official wrote in response to a Nation query about the status of the Somali insurgency. Those are issues too that we're working in Zimbabwe with the transition between Robert Mugabe and Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In his first major speech on U.S. -Africa relations, Tillerson said the United States sees a "bright future" for Africa as its population grows and said the Trump administration is "committed to saving lives in Africa".