US Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Ghana on Sunday, the first leg of her three-nation tour of Africa that aims to strengthen Washington's diplomatic ties with the continent.
His tour of Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia, scheduled until April 2, comes after a United States-Africa summit in December in Washington, during which President Joe Biden pleaded for a broad partnership with Africa. , as the United States seeks to assert its presence on the continent in the face of the growing influence of China and Russia.
Accompanied by her husband Douglas Emhoff, Kamala Harris was greeted at Accra airport by Ghana's Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and senior officials.
Traditional dances to the sound of drums and students waving small flags of Ghana awaited him when he got off the plane.
Climate crisis, improved food security and increased investment
We look forward to making this trip another affirmation of the enduring and very important relationship and friendship between the people of the United States and those who live on the African continent,” said Kamala Harris
I am very excited about the future of Africa.
I am very excited about how the future of Africa will impact the rest of the world, including the United States,
” she added on her arrival.
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She is expected to address during her visit the climate crisis, improving food security and increasing investment in the continent, she said.
The American vice-president should meet entrepreneurs, students, women and peasants.
She must also visit a former hub of the slave trade, the fort of Cape Coast (south).
She will also meet with President Nana Akufo-Addo and meet representatives of civil society.
She is due to leave Ghana on Wednesday for Tanzania.
Ghana is facing an economic crisis with inflation over 50% and a decline in the local currency, the cedi, hit by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
Ghana has reached a $3 billion loan agreement with the IMF and is also in talks with China over its economic troubles.