US announces $533m for Nigeria, others



Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti are also involved in the struggle against al-Shabaab, the terrorist organization centered in Somalia, where the USA military also has assumed a limited support role. The visit could also indicate the direction of the Trump administration in Africa.

It also listed holding governments accountable to the people as one of its major focus.

Tillerson did announce Tuesday an additional $533 million in humanitarian assistance to help with starvation and conflict-related needs in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria, but it was unclear exactly where the money would come from.

With US secretary of State Rex Tillerson Embarking on a week-long trip to Africa, he is expected to smooth out the somewhat strained relations between the Trump White House and the developing world. He said Ambassador Godec stands as "a model of leadership and engagement".

"There is no continent on the planet where the U.S. is more positively viewed than Africa", says Coons, who has visited 27 African countries over his tenure as senator.

Tillerson had reiterated the importance of democracy for Africa to achieve her potentials.

"China is not the main creditor of African countries", he said.

Amid the political crisis going on in Ethiopia and Kenya, the Secretary of State's visit to both countries will reveal what intervention measures the US plans to take on both countries.

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Geng said China's financing support to Africa is mainly in infrastructure and production areas. "When coupled with political and fiscal pressure, this endangers Africa's natural resources and its long-term economic and political stability".

He said the US was committed to helping, but that prosperity and basic stability would be impossible until the security situation is brought under control. "Security partnerships are important, but they are invisible to a lot of people, and so leave U.S. engagement invisible as well".

"How do we advance political and economic reform that will help in the transition process?"

"And so those are some of the things that we need to look at".

Geng Shuang was responding to USA accusation that low interest loans from China and other countries have driven some sub-Saharan African countries deeper into debt.

The department explained that obviously, a lot of those African countries were still fragile democracies and the USA was trying to strengthen them.

For more than a decade, the US has cautioned African countries against entering into deals with China, which has steadily increased its influence by offering infrastructure loans and investing in energy production and natural resources extraction.

What the USA should be doing, she adds, is demonstrating that the option of "broad-based, productive, and sustained partnerships" with United States public and private sectors is more than Washington rhetoric.

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