The United States will devote 55 billion dollars to Africa

The United States “will devote 55 billion dollars to Africa over three years”, the White House said on Monday, before Joe Biden received many leaders from the continent for a summit in Washington.

Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to the US president, said that these funds would be devoted in particular to health and the response to climate change, but without giving details on their origin or their distribution.

There will be “a real mobilization of resources on concrete objectives”, he said, indicating that the details would be revealed in the coming days.

“If you compare what the United States promises for the next three years with what other countries promise, I think the comparison is very favorable to us,” said Jake Sullivan.

He assured that this funding, and more generally the American commitment, would not be linked to the attitude of African countries towards the war in Ukraine, at a time when many of them refuse to openly condemn Russia. “We’re not putting a gun to anyone’s head” on this, Joe Biden’s adviser said.

He also announced the appointment of a “special representative” responsible for ensuring the implementation of these major financial promises. It will be Johnnie Carson, a 79-year-old diplomat who has served as ambassador to several African countries.

The three-day summit in Washington is supposed to revive the United States’ relations with the African continent, left more or less fallow by former President Donald Trump, as both China and Russia advance their pawns on the continent. This is the second meeting of its kind, after a first edition held in 2014.

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