NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s agenda for talks with United
States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday will
be dominated by economic and trade issues, the country’s
top diplomat said on Thursday.
Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International
Trade , said other issues in the agenda will include
regional security, wildlife management and deepening
participation of U.S. in African Union affairs.
and growing bilateral relations will be key part of the
discussion. The talks will focus on how we can grow AGOA
[Africa Growth and Opportunity Act],” she told media in
the capital Nairobi.
non-reciprocal free access of selected goods from Africa
to the U.S. market. Kenya is among the beneficiary
countries, with others having been lobbying to have the
trade opportunity extended beyond 2025.
the talks will be cordial and about mutual interest of
the two countries, terming U.S as an important partner
also be seeking to tap U.S. support for the Big Four
Agenda. We believe this is a worthy investment because
it will lead to the betterment of living standards of
Kenyans,” she said.
The Big Four
Agenda refers to the four sectors that President Uhuru
Kenyatta has committed the largest share of investment
in his current term in office.
increasing manufacturing contribution to the economy
from 9 percent to 15 percent, achieve universal access
to health insurance, achieve food security status and
construct new 500,000 homes.
agenda will be on regional security, said Juma.
African Union and the
United States discuss ways of strengthening
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- The African Union (AU) and
the United States have discussed ways of strengthening
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Thursday met and
held talks with the Chairperson of the AU Commission,
Moussa Faki Mahamat, at the headquarters of the
pan-African bloc in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
meeting, the two officials told the press that they have
discussed ways of strengthening partnership between
Africa and the U.S. in trade, peace and security,
health, fight against corruption and illicit financial
has appreciated the efforts and role the AU plays in
economic regional integration of Africa and ensuring
peace and stability on the continent, as well as
strengthening the African Center for Disease control, on
which he said U.S. is keen to forge closer
U.S. ups aid to Africa,
asks for support on global stage ahead of Tillerson’s
WASHINGTON United States (Xinhua)
-- U.S. Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson said Tuesday that the United States will
provide additional aid for African countries suffering
conflict and drought, while asking for their aligned
actions on the global stage.
In a speech
at the George Mason University in Virginia, Tillerson
said the United States would provide about 533 million
U.S. dollars in extra aid for Africa.
The aid will
go to Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and the western and
central African countries bordering Lake Chad, hit by a
food crisis due to conflict or prolonged drought.
speech delivered ahead of his week-long trip to Africa,
the top U.S. diplomat also urged more African countries
to “take an active role on the global stage,” including
joining Washington in its “maximum pressure” strategy
against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
to curb the latter’s nuclear development.
acknowledging efforts by Angola, Senegal and Ethiopia,
Tillerson said many African countries are “holding
Africa need to do more,” he remarked.
roughly 40-minute speech, Tillerson expressed
Washington’s intention of developing closer ties with
the continent and more economic and trade exchanges. The
U.S. private sector, he said, was willing to help
develop the “vast, undeveloped natural resources” in
eight-day trip to Africa starts Tuesday and will take
him to Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria.
administration hasn’t shed much light on Africa in its
foreign policy priorities. The post of assistant
secretary of state for African affairs had been vacant
for several months before an acting assistant secretary
as well as personal remarks by U.S. President Donald
Trump have so far worked to jeopardize ties between
Washington and African countries.
the U.S. Supreme Court approved Trump’s ban on almost
all travel to the U.S. by citizens from countries
including Chad, Somalia and Libya from entering the
United States. The controversial decision has drawn
serious criticism at home and abroad.
Trump reportedly used the words “shithole countries” to
describe African nations as well as Haiti and El
Salvador in Latin America while discussing immigration
issues with U.S. lawmakers.
Union issued a statement in protest, saying, “While
expressing shock, dismay and outrage, the African Union
strongly believes there’s a huge misunderstanding of the
African continent and its people by the current (U.S.)
visit to Chad, Tillerson is expected to help it to get
off the visa sanctions list.
want to give Chad importance because they’re part of the
G5 countries,” U.S. officials said on Friday when
briefing reporters on Tillerson’s trip. “We’re very high
The G5 Sahel
is an African regional security bloc comprising Chad,
Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger.