Biden And Ruto Pledge To Protect Democracy In Africa And Beyond

Biden And Ruto Pledge To Protect Democracy In Africa And Beyond

U.S. President Joe Biden emphasised strengthening democracy in Africa and beyond during Kenyan President William Ruto’s formal visit to the White House. This was the first African president to visit the White House since 2008, and it highlighted new security, technology, and debt reduction collaborations between the two countries.

In honour of Kenya’s 60th anniversary of independence, Biden reflected on his early travels there and underlined the country’s significance as a democratic ally in Africa.

The two presidents unveiled several initiatives, including steps to lessen Kenya’s heavy debt load, the majority of which is owed to China, as well as U.S.-backed investments in green energy and health manufacturing. With its $250 million commitment, which includes $180 million for affordable housing projects, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation increased its overall investment to nearly $1 billion in Kenya.

Kenya became the first nation in sub-Saharan Africa to be named a major non-NATO ally, after Israel and Qatar in this regard. Both presidents emphasised the necessity for the international community to aid developing nations in debt reduction, investments in sustainable development, and climate technology.

In addition, it included support for the Somali government in its fight against terrorism, as well as the humanitarian situation in Sudan.