Tillerson Pledges $533 Million in US Humanitarian Aid to Africa

Larry Hoffman
March 8, 2018

Tillerson, in his speech, warned that China's approach to development in Africa "encourages dependency" that undermines its sovereignty and risks its stability. The trip was made two months after President Donald Trump unleashed controversial reactions when he referred to the some African nations as 'shitty countries, ' during a meeting on migration, with a two-party group of senators at the Oval Office.

Secretary Tillerson would meet with officials in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Chad and Djibouti to strengthen U.S. -Africa ties, they said.

And that's an area that we really are focusing on; on how to do a peaceful and democratic transition.

Then he launched into his criticism of China.

"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", said Tillerson.

Speaking at George Mason University, Virginia, before his departure, the Secretary of State expressed optimism that there was ample opportunity in Africa for economic growth, greater prosperity and for responding to global challenges through mutually respectful partnerships.

He said the aid plan will help people affected by food shortages and conflict in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Lake Chad Basin. The trip would begin on Tuesday, March 6, the officials said.

Rex Tillerson's essential message was that was a true friend to Africa. unlike China.

It noted further that "humanitarian aid is truly life-saving", adding also that "this assistance will not solve these crises, most of which are largely manmade", and calling on all parties to allow aid workers safe and unhindered access to help communities in need.

His remarks come against the backdrop of potentially sweeping cuts to American contributions to peacekeeping and aid operations - at a time when crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, among others have placed enormous strain on existing United Nations operations.

According to him, he looks forward to returning and building on a strong foundation of U.S. -Africa relations, including visiting Chad, a country that has never before welcomed a visit by the Secretary of State.

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