Ivanka Trump in Ethiopia, hails Addis Ababa as 'Africa's highest city'

REUTERS  Tiksa Negeri

REUTERS Tiksa Negeri

On arrival at the Bole International Airport, she tweet: "Just landed in Addis Ababa - the diplomatic capital of Africa and the continent's highest city!" The investment comes as the president is proposing cuts to foreign aid, and as the administration is expanding a ban on US aid to groups that promote or provide abortions.

It is Ivanka Trump's first visit to Africa since the White House undertook the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative in February.

She will focus on African women's economic inclusion and empowerment, according to the press statement from the United States embassy Addis Ababa. At Muya, they announced additional OPIC financing. It is not clear if President Trumps daughter will be visiting the factory during her stay in Ethiopia. The first daughter will be joined in the Ivory Coast by a congressional delegation that will include Sen. It aims to coordinate current programs and develop new ones to assist women in job training, financial support, legal or regulatory reforms and other areas.

The White House spending plan would cut overall funding for diplomacy and development.

President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, is in Ethiopia to promote a U.S. government initiative aimed at advancing women's participation in the workplace.

Also on board is David Bohigian, acting president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, OPIC.

Reaction to the visit reflected the contradictions of Ivanka Trump's role.

Ivanka Trump's trip comes not long after first lady Melania Trump did a solo tour of the continent with a focus on child well-being.

However, Ivanka Trump's efforts could be complicated by the President's own remarks after his private comments about "s***hole countries" in Africa and other regions were leaked to journalists.

Experts praised the governmentwide approach, which will incorporate new and existing programs, though some stressed that it was still early in the process.

"The part of the proposal which is around looking at laws - that is a good thing to focus on", said Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, referencing the initiative's support for changing laws, regulations and customs that create barriers preventing women from fully participating in the workforce.

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".

Hillary Clinton, as USA secretary of state, "provided high-level attention to these issues", said Runde, who previously worked for USAID and is an informal adviser to the administration on development policy.