The United States policy toward the African continent under President Donald Trump administration dubbed ‘Africa Prosper’ will focus on advancing prosperity, security and stability.
“The Trump Administration is developing the “Prosper Africa” initiative to support this goal. The initiative will support open markets for American businesses, grow Africa’s middle class, promote youth employment opportunities, and improve the business climate,” read a statement from the White House.
The national security adviser, John Bolton, said the policy places US interests first.
“The United States will no longer provide indiscriminate assistance across the entire continent, without focus or prioritization. And, we will no longer support unproductive, unsuccessful, and unaccountable UN peacekeeping missions. The United States will no longer provide indiscriminate assistance across the entire continent, without focus or prioritization. And, we will no longer support unproductive, unsuccessful, and unaccountable UN peacekeeping missions,” Bolton said, in a speech at the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington.
He also took a stab at China claiming they use dubious ways to gain leverage.
“China uses bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing’s wishes and demands. Its investment ventures are riddled with corruption, and do not meet the same environmental or ethical standards as US development projects,” Bolton said.
“They are deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage over the United States. We want our economic partners in the region to thrive, prosper and control their own destinies. In America’s economic dealings, we ask only for reciprocity, never for subservience.”
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Surprisingly, Bolton’s sentiments are similar to what President Trump said during his inaugural address to commit to an “America First” foreign policy.
“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” he said in his speech. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” said Trump in his address.