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US President Joe Biden could visit Tanzania in his 2023 African tour

Tanzania may be one of the Sub-Sahara African Countries that the President of the United States, Joe Biden intends to visit in the course of 2023.

The American Head of State announced plans to visit a number of African Countries during his recently held, three-day summit in Washington.

Biden held talks with African leaders from 49 countries, including Kenya and Tanzania as well as the African Union.

Speaking at the event, President Joe Biden revealed that he was planning to tour Africa in 2023.

If the trip happens, then it will be the first visit by a US president to Sub-Sahara Africa since 2015.

Former US Heads of State, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama visited Tanzania in 2000, 2008 and 2013 respectively.

President Joe Biden (Center) with the Tanzanian Head of State, Samia Suluhu Hassan (Left) at the White House in Washington

First Lady, Hillary Clinton with daughter Chelsea visited Tanzania in 1997, three years before her husband.

Now President Joe Biden looks like he may land on the shores anytime in 2023, ten years after President Obama’s visit.

During the meeting with African leader in Washington, the US President Biden also promised to float billions of dollars as well as other humanitarian assistance to address acute food insecurity in Africa.

As it happens, Tanzania is hosting the AGRF Africa’s Food Systems Forum between September 4 to September 8, 2023.

Food for thought

Due to prolonged drought and other climatic disasters such as excessive flooding and diseases many countries in Africa are facing more serious food crises than ever experienced in the past.

In response to that, the United States is pledging additional USD 2.5 billion in emergency assistance and medium- to long-term food security assistance to the African food systems and supply markets.

Famine in Africa is reportedly also being aggravated by the economic downturn caused by the recent pandemic as well as the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

A Statement from the White House discloses a strategic partnership between the US and African Countries to ensure food security on the continent.

Among the proposed measures is for Africa to secure more diverse and resilient sources of grain and fertilizer supply to meet its immediate needs and provide humanitarian assistance.

There is also the need to improve Africa’s access to global markets, increasing reliable and sustainable access to fertilizers and their inputs and diversifying the production of agricultural commodities.

The United States at the summit is laying out USD 55 billion in projects over the coming three years including investment in green energy, training for health workers and modernization of internet networks.

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