President Donald Trump’s yet undeclared policy on Africa was the topic of discussion at a send off ceremony in Washington, DC, for outgoing US Assistant Secretary of State on African Affairs, Linda Thomas Greenfield.
Attendees wondered why the president is yet to have a real plan on how US-Africa relations would play out during his tenure.
Correspondent Detola Ademola reports that after three and a half years of service, Assistant Secretary Greenfield is leaving office, and several ambassadors, both serving and retired, have gathered in this room to wish her well.
One dominant question these diplomats are asking is what the future holds for US-Africa relations under Donald Trump.
Greenfield urged everyone to give President Trump more time to articulate his policies for Africa. She also advised African leaders.
The former Assistant Secretary of State, who has worked in Africa for many years, believes that corruption, lack of access to tertiary education, and the “strong man” style of governance, are the main problems facing Africa.
She urged African leaders to raise the Continent’s profile by investing in their people.