Ivanka Trump starts African tour in Ethiopia

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.

She later joined US Agency for International Development representatives at the Ethiopian Coffee Association (USAID).

Ivanka is due to visit Ethiopia and Ivory Coast over the next four days and is flying commercial, rather than using a US State Department aircraft.

Ivanka Trump truly shined Sunday when she stepped out in a attractive blue dress during her trip to Africa.

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For parts of the trip, Ivanka and Green will be joined David Bohigian, acting president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), as well as Kristalina Georgieva, interim president of the World Bank Group, which is hosting the summit.

Ivanka Trump has made women's economic empowerment a centerpiece of her White House portfolio. The investment comes as the president is proposing cuts to foreign aid, and as the administration is expanding a ban on USA aid to groups that promote or provide abortions.

Ivanka Trump was also expected to announce additional support for businesses.

The Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP), which was launched in February, coincides with President Trump's proposed cuts to foreign aid, and a ban on United States aid to health groups that promote or provide abortions.

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The program aims to promote new projects, offer training, facilitate financial support and promote reforms to break down gender inequality faced by women, especially in developing nations.

She said she was "excited to travel to Africa" to advance the effort. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the White House. Like her stepdaughter, Mrs. Trump faced numerous same questions about the priorities of the president, who was roundly criticized previous year after his private comment about "s--hole countries" in Africa became public.

It is to be financed with public and private funds, with an initial budget of around $50 million allocated by USAID, which came under fire when some interpreted the budget as being the equivalent of just $1 per woman the plan hopes to help. But he said the abortion-related ban could have a negative economic impact, saying that "I think one of the most powerful tools for women's economic empowerment is the ability to choose when and how many children they have".

Experts praised the government-wide approach, which will incorporate new and existing programs, though some stressed that it was early in the process. "Ivanka Trump is playing a similar role to the role that Secretary Clinton played".

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