U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House advisor, Ivanka, is in the Ivory Coast as part of her four-day trip aimed at increasing economic opportunities for women in the West African region.

Speaking at Cayat, a cocoa farm outside Adzope Wednesday, Ivanka Trump announced a USAID and private sector joint commitment of $2 millon related to Ivory Coast’s cocoa industry.

While in Ivory Coast, Trump is scheduled to make an appearance at a World Bank policy summit.

Trump, who serves as advisor to her father on economic empowerment, began her trip to the region with a visit to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa Sunday, where she announced a multi-million dollar U.S. government initiative to support women entrepreneurs.

The “2X Africa” initiative announced Monday by Trump and David Bohigian, the acting head of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, aims to mobilize $1 billion and directly invest $350 million in companies and funds “owned by women, led by women,” or by “providing a good or service that intentionally empowers women on the continent.”

Later in the day, Ivanka Trump met with President Sahle-Work Zewde. They discussed a need for reform in Africa that would lead to improved opportunity and inclusivity for women.

She also held discussions on women’s empowerment with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, commending him for increasing the number of women in leadership positions in his government.

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, center, smiles at Azalech Tesfaye, r
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, center, smiles at Azalech Tesfaye, right, who is the recipient of loan guarantee through USAID, as Trump meets women who work in the Ethiopian coffee industry, Apr. 14, 2019.

On Sunday, Bohigian signed a “letter of interest” with an Ethiopian company called Muya to help support the company through OPIC financing. Muya, owned by fashion designer Sara Abera, produces household products and was the first Ethiopian company to obtain membership in the World Fair Trade Organization.

Trump visited Muya on Sunday after she arrived in Addis Ababa for a summit on African women’s economic inclusion and empowerment.

She is in the region to promote a $50 million initiative enacted by her father in February that is aimed at encouraging women’s employment in developing countries.

“Fundamentally, we believe that investing in women is a smart development policy and it is a smart business,” Trump said after sampling coffee at a traditional Ethiopian ceremony. “It’s also in our security interest, because women, when we’re empowered, foster peace and stability.”

Clergy line the steps of the Holy Trinity Cathedral as White House senior adv
Clergy line the steps of the Holy Trinity Cathedral as White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, right, arrives for a ceremony honoring the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, Monday April 15, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Trump also laid a wreath at an Ethiopian Orthodox church to honor the victims of last month’s Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board.

Source: VOA News

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