Rex Tillerson mourns and lauds Kenya on eve of Africa visit

Rex Tillerson mourns and lauds Kenya on eve of Africa visit

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will soon visit several African countries. The trip would begin on Tuesday, March 6, the officials said.

"Five of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies are in Africa, and consumer spending there is projected to exceed $2 trillion by the year 2025", he reportedly said ahead of the ministerial talks with foreign ministers and representatives of 37 African countries at the State Department in Washington.

He said: "Now we had over two dozens African countries with democratically elected governments and which are hopefully not going to have transitions in government through coup d'etats and other illegal methods".

Tillerson also lauded the progress Africa, as a continent, has made with democracy.

He said the aid plan will help people affected by food shortages and conflict in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Lake Chad Basin. 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.

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".

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"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 added."When coupled with the political and fiscal pressure, this endangers Africa's natural resources and its long-term economic, political stability".

"Tillerson, who leaves for the tour on Tuesday, will visit Chad, Djbouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria, as well as meet with the African Union Commission..."

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

Last month, three United Nations aid agencies and the National Bureau of Statistics described the food situation as alarming with over seven million people in South Sudan estimated to be food insecure.

The State Department stressed that the half-billion in additional dollars for Africa that Tillerson announced were humanitarian aid, not development assistance, and would come from the State Department's population and refugees office and from USAID programs for food and disaster assistance. The government reacted aggressively when opposition leader Raila Odinga held a mock inauguration, shutting down TV stations and arresting opposition politicians, but the US has largely voiced support for Kenyatta.

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