Ivanka Trump in Africa to promote women at work program

17 April, 2019, 13:00 | Author: Wade Massey
  • White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump laughs as she is greeted as she arrives to board a plane to Ethiopia at Dulles International Airport in Sterling Va. Saturday

The first daughter looked just as striking as ever in the 3/4 length sleeve, button-up powder blue number that hit just below her knees as she attended a meeting with women from the coffee industry during her visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of a White House global economic program for woman, per AP News.

President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, is in Ethiopia to promote a U.S. government initiative aimed at advancing women's participation in the workplace.

She is in Africa to promote her Women's Global Development and Prosperity initiative, whose stated goal is empowering 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.

Ivanka Trump is due to take part in a World Bank policy summit and then visit Ivory Coast to promote female entrepreneurs in the country's cocoa industry.

The president has not been kind in his remarks about Africa and its migrants.

Ivanka Trump has made women's economic empowerment a centerpiece of her White House portfolio.

The initiative involves the State Department, the National Security Council and other U.S. agencies.

"Fundamentally we believe that investing in women is a smart development policy and it is a smart business", White House adviser Trump said after drinking coffee and inhaling incense at a traditional Ethiopian ceremony in Addis Ababa.

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Also on board is David Bohigian, acting president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, OPIC. It aims to assist women in developing countries with job training, financial support and legal or regulatory reforms. President Donald Trump, Ivanka's father, has directed USAID to allocate an initial $50 million to the fund.

Her travel to Africa follows a five-day tour that First Lady Melania Trump made there previous year, with a focus on child welfare.

President Trump has met global criticism for cutting worldwide aid, including to Africa - a continent that he infamously described using insulting slurs.

Experts praised the government-wide approach, which will incorporate new and existing programs, though some stressed that it was early in the process.

It was not immediately clear if the controversy that surrounds the US president will follow his daughter to Africa.

The project is financed by a US$50m (£38m) fund within the U.S. global development aid agency (USAid).

"Secretary (of State Hillary) Clinton provided high-level attention to these issues", said Runde, who previously worked for the USAID and is an informal adviser to the administration on development policy. "Ivanka Trump is playing a similar role to the role that Secretary Clinton played".

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