Ivanka Trump in Ethiopia to 'promote women'

REUTERS  Tiksa Negeri

REUTERS Tiksa Negeri

The first daughter looked just as striking as ever in the 3/4 length sleeve, button-up powder blue number that hit just below her knees as she attended a meeting with women from the coffee industry during her visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of a White House global economic program for woman, per AP News.

Ivanka smiled as she sat and listened to her hosts alongside Mark Green, administrator of the US Agency for International Development.

Trump is also scheduled to an make an appearance at a World Bank policy summit.

She tweeted ahead of the trip that she was "excited". The textile facility they are to visit got started with funding from USAID and Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which provides loans, loan guarantees and political risk insurance, funding projects that stretch across continents and industries.

She will be in Ethiopia between today and depart tomorrow to Ivory Coast where she is expected to spend another two-days. The president's 2020 budget proposal requests an additional $100 million for the initiative, which will also be supported by programs across the government as well as private investment.

Ivanka Trump has made women's economic empowerment a centerpiece of her White House portfolio.

It was not immediately clear if the controversy that surrounds the US president will follow his daughter to Africa.

Mr Trump, however, upset many in the continent previous year after he reportedly used the word "shithole" to describe African nations.

It has, however, backed democratic reforms in countries like Ethiopia where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has implemented a series of progressive changes including the normalisation of relations with Eritrea after a bitter border standoff going back two decades.

She will be joined in Ivory Coast by a U.S. congressional delegation that will include U.S. Sen.

Her trip is linked to her involvement with the Women's Global Development and Prosperity, WGDP, initiative. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of the White House.

Diplomats at the U.S. Embassy, Ethiopian entrepreneurs, and officials welcomed Ivanka Trump, a former clothing entrepreneur who serves as senior adviser to her controversial father.

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.

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".

"Ethiopia's success is Africa's success", she said. "Ivanka Trump is playing a similar role to the role that Secretary Clinton played".

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