Kamala Harris visits Ghana to promote security in West Africa

At a time of global competition for Africa’s relationship, US Vice President Kamala Harris has touched down in Ghana to promote friendship, economic growth and the flourishing security industry in West Africa.

“We are looking forward to this trip as a further statement of the long and enduring very important relationship and friendship between the people of the United States and those who live on this continent. […], I’m very excited about the future of Africa,” said the Vice President.

The Vice President’s visit is part of an ongoing effort to increase communications and relationships with the African government and its people. Through extended dialogue, the two sides will promote inclusive economic growth by investing in women and youth entrepreneurs, innovation, regional integration and greater engagement with global African communities.

Harris’ trip to Ghana follows an announcement made last week by US President Joe Biden, stating the intention to invest more than $100 million to support conflict prevention and stabilisation efforts throughout Coastal West Africa.

“The plan is intended to address regional threats of violent extremism and instability in Coastal West Africa and enable the US Government to work with Congress to marshal additional assistance to support efforts in the region over the coming years,” added a White House spokesperson.

The campaign is proving to be a powerful step in strengthening African and US relations. In the past, UN peacekeepers have kept track of rising tension in Africa and the need for further homeland security.

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