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The United States will devote “55 billion dollars to Africa in a large number of sectors”, the White House said on Monday, before Joe Biden received many leaders from the continent for a summit in Washington.
Financial aid of several tens of billions of dollars for Africa. Washington will devote “55 billion dollars to Africa in a large number of sectors”, announced the White House, Monday, December 12, on the eve of the Africa summit where the American president, Joe Biden, will receive many leaders of the continent.
Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to the American president, indicated that these funds would be devoted in particular, over three years, 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 is promising for the next three years with what other countries are promising, I think the comparison is very favorable to us,” said Jake Sullivan.
“We don’t put a gun to anyone’s head”
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 don’t put a gun to anyone’s head [à ce sujet]“, affirmed the adviser to Joe Biden.
The three-day summit in Washington is meant to revive US 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.