The United States has pledged stronger ties with the African Union during a meeting between Ivanka Trump, Adviser and Daughter to US president Donald Trump and AU officials.
Meeting Monday April 15 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the AU, Ivanka Trump, who was accompanied by USAID Administrator, Mark Green, agreed on the need to deepen the strategic dialogue between the African Union Commission and the United States.
During the gathering, a commitment was taken to advance women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship across the continent by promoting opportunities for women’s participation in the work force, increasing women’s access to finance, trade, employment, education, and skills development.
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According to a press release by the AU, the United States and the African Union Commission pledged to combat scourges including child and forced marriage, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation and abuse. Both sides further reaffirmed their commitment to shared values such as equality of opportunity, respect and promotion of women’s rights as well as ending all forms of gender-based violence and abuse in all spheres of life.
Deputy Chairperson, Kwesi Quartey, highlighted the importance of building bridges between the African Diaspora and US businesses with a particular emphasis on women entrepreneurs.
Recognizing the shared commitment to Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, the two high officials reaffirmed their willingness to promote effective laws, policies, and institutions, working closely together towards achieving those objectives.