The Trump administration’s new strategy for Africa is focused on three priorities advancing U.S. trade across the region, continuing to combat terrorism, and making sure U.S. money for aid is used as most effectively that it can be.
“I’m delighted again to be at Heritage, an institution that really has contributed so much to the public policy debate for so many decades now in the United States,” National Security Adviser John Bolton at The Heritage Foundation said Dec. 6 to a overflow audience in Heritage’s Allison Auditorium.
The policy challenged African governments to choose the United States over China and Russia for their commercial, security, and political relationships. Friends of the African Union is working in Africa nations as an American Civil Society Organization who supports an American based Initial Coin Offering (ICO), a cyber currency called the African Dollar, that is based on the $300T in assets in African Nations that can lift the poor in Africa into the 21st century.
Bolton’s speech drew an overwhelming media response: 52 media outlets attended the event, along with 16 TV cameras, and there were more than 65 stories published pertaining to his remarks. On the morning of Bolton’s presentation, there were at least 20,000 tweets and it was trending on Twitter.
This strategy is the result of an intensive interagency process, and reflects the core tenets of President #Trump foreign policy doctrine. Importantly, the strategy remains true to his central campaign promise to put the interests of the American People first, both at home and abroad.
First, advancing U.S. trade and commercial ties with nations across the region to the benefit of both the United States and Africa.
Second, countering the threat from Radical Islamic Terrorism and violent conflict.
And third, we will ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars for aid are used efficiently and effectively.
Shortly after Bolton’s presentation, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Ambassador Mark Green rolled out the development agency’s first-ever “Private Sector Engagement Policy.” At its center is Green’s belief that the “future of international development is enterprise-driven.” Going forward, USAID will seek to deepen its collaboration with U.S. firms across “all areas of [its] work,” including energy, agriculture, humanitarian assistance, women’s empowerment, education, and crisis and conflict. This reset for USAID will help to increase U.S. commercial engagement in Africa and reflects important developments on the continent.
Last month, at the first Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, said, “Africa is not going to be developed by aid. It will be developed by investment. Creating opportunities for the private sector to impact Africa’s key development priorities is central to addressing some of the continent’s most pressing challenges.”