Ivanka Trump arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, Sunday for a summit on African women’s economic inclusion and anka Trump arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, Sunday for a summit on African women\’s economic inclusion and empowerment.
In addition to attending the summit, the daughter of the U.S. president, who is also an advisor to her father, will meet with female workers in the coffee industry, and tour a female-run textile facility.
President Donald Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum in February, establishing the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative. W-GDP says it hopes to “reach 50 million women by 2025, through the work of the the United States Government and its partners.”
It was not immediately clear if the controversy that surrounds the U.S. president will follow his daughter to Africa. The president has not been kind in his remarks about Africa and its migrants.
“I don’t think people will have a good feeling” said Ethiopian journalist Sisay Woubshet, about the president’s daughter visit to the Continent.
Marakle Tesfaye, an activist, said, however, “I think she’s coming genuinely to empower women and it’s good that she’s coming because she will push forward our agenda.”
Trump is also scheduled to an make an appearance at a World Bank policy summit.
The first daughter will be joined by USAID Administrator Mark Green, will also travel to Côte d’Ivoire next week to attend the We-Fi West Africa Regional Summit.
Trump helped unveil the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative earlier this year. Its aim, she told reporters before the President signed a memorandum launching the initiative in February, is to “coordinate efforts across federal agencies” to empower women in developing countries through education, entrepreneurship and eliminating legal, regulatory and cultural barriers to women’s economic participation.
The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (WGPD) initiative builds on the administration’s national security strategy, she said at the time, that recognizes “the critical role of women in achieving peace, prosperity, and stability.”
The fund’s goal is to empower 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.
During the visit, Trump and Green are expected to “announce new WGDP deliverables, conduct site visits and host bilateral meetings to promote the three core pillars aimed at driving global women’s economic empowerment throughout Africa,” according to a White House official.
On Wednesday, Trump will cap off her trip on Wednesday participating in a dialogue focusing on We-Fi, a $1 billion World Bank facility she helped roll out in 2017. She will discuss women-led businesses alongside the President of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, and Trump ally and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, among others.