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The highest US 🇺🇸 official to visit Africa will be the US Vice President Kamala Harris accompanied by her husband, Second Gentleman, Doug Emhoff, as she readys herself for a week long trip to Ghana 🇬🇭, Tanzania 🇹🇿,and Zambia 🇿🇲.
VP Harris visit to Ghana includes a tour to Cape Coast Slave Castle where she will pay respects and remembrance of the brutality of slavery and its impact on the lives of millions of Africans/ Black populations in the diaspora.
The purpose of the high profile visit is to deepen ties with Africa with a focus on economic development, climate change, and food security.
The Biden administration has had high profile officials transverse the continent the last few months, touting that this time around its about mutual respect and partnership of the American people and Africans.
The US 🇺🇸 is playing catch up after China 🇨🇳 and Russia 🇷🇺 have made massive investments and presence on the continent.
The question remains why the US is finally making serious efforts and renewed interest in Africa? Where has it been as China and now Russia have had some skin in the game? Is this all about U.S. geopolitical strategy or is it really about mutual interests?
“Our relationship with Africa cannot and should not and will not be defined by competition with China,” a senior administration official told reporters. “We’re not asking our partners in Africa to choose. We want to expand African options, not limit them.”Senior administration official
VP Kamala Harris follows high profile visits recently of the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Ethiopia 🇪🇹 and Niger 🇳🇪 last week.
US First Lady Jill Biden went to Namibia 🇳🇦,and Kenya 🇰🇪 late last month, February. The US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently visited Senegal 🇸🇳, Zambia 🇿🇲, and South Africa 🇿🇦.
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