US Role in Africa ‘May Not Change’

Incumbent US President Donald Trump is yet to mention anything about Africa since his inauguration five months ago. His proposals on State Department expenditure, however, aim at reducing funds funneled to programs salient to the majority of sub-Saharan countries. And further, the top US diplomatic chief for Africa has not been unveiled. But even with the relative silence engulfing the matter, there are signs that the US role in Africa will not shift away from the methods employed by predecessors Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Senior administrators in Trump’s regime have depicted similar takes to Obama and Bush with regard to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), the International Criminal Court, the war-torn countries in the region and issues on LGBTI rights. In last month’s convention with the Pope, Trump mentioned that he would strive to negate famine in Africa and Yemen.
While addressing business delegates in a summit last week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that the ruling government wouldn’t in any way disregard Agoa, particularly because of the mutual benefits it has yielded since its introduction. She also asserted that nations which are currently adhering to Agoa eligibility principles were more likely to turn out as the region’s success stories in the future.


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