- Ivanka Trump is in Africa this week to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative
- The White House senior adviser will tour Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, before heading to Ivory Coast
- She shared photos of her meeting with the Ethiopian Women in Coffee Association on Instagram early Sunday
- The First Daughter is traveling with the US Agency for International Development administrator Mark Green
- Melania Trump went to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt last year
Ivanka Trump has kicked off her tour promoting her Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative in Africa.
The First Daughter touched down in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, early Sunday and took to Instagram to share photos of her first meeting as the head of WGDPI.
Ivanka smiled as she sat and listened to her hosts alongside Mark Green, administrator of the US Agency for International Development.
‘Joined @USAIDMarkGreen with the Ethiopian Women in Coffee Association (EWIC) for a great discussion (and coffee cupping!) with inspiring female entrepreneurs,’ she wrote in the caption of a three-photo set.
‘With @USAID support, they are overcoming lack of access to capital and growing their businesses.’
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.
The White House said her schedule includes a women’s economic empowerment summit in Ivory Coast as well as site visits and meetings with political leaders, executives and female entrepreneurs in both countries.
Ivanka Trump shared photos of her meeting with the Ethiopian Women in Coffee Association on Sunday morning as she kicks off her tour promoting the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative in Africa
Kidist Birhanu (left) invites Ivanka to smell the coffee during a coffee ceremony at Dumerso Coffee in Addis Ababa on Sunday
The first daughter was all smiles as she chatted with her hosts wearing a pale blue frock
Ivanka wrote in the Instagram caption that she had ‘a great discussion (and coffee cupping!) with inspiring female entrepreneurs’ and Mark Green (second left), administrator of the US Agency for International Development
Ivanka carefully sipped coffee from a small cup during the ceremony at Dumerso Coffee
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.
OPIC provides loans, loan guarantees and political risk insurance, funding projects that stretch across continents and industries.
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 said she was ‘excited to travel to Africa’ to advance the effort.
Georgieva said in a statement that economic empowerment ‘can help unleash the enormous potential of women entrepreneurs for job creation and economic growth, especially in Africa’.
It is Ivanka Trump’s first visit to Africa since the White House undertook the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative in February
Ivanka laughed as she discussed the coffee industry with fellow female entrepreneurs
Ivanka tried her hand at a traditional weaving loom at Moya, a manufacturing center of textile and traditional crafts, with Moya founder Sara Abera (right) on Sunday
Ivanka Trump smiles and claps as she is greeted with singing and dancing at Moya, a textile and traditional crafts manufacturing center, Sunday
A woman bows while roasting coffee beans as another holds out a bowl of popcorn as they greet Ivanka with Moya founder Sara Abera
Ivanka gets help carrying an umbrella during rainfall after attending a coffee ceremony at Dumerso Coffee, Sunday
The senior White House adviser shared a couple updates from her trip on her Instagram story
A handout photo made available by the US Embassy in Ethiopia on Sunday shows Ivanka at the US Embassy in Addis Ababa. She was greeted by US Ambassador to the African Union Mary Beth Leonard (in picture at center) and US Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor and was joined by USAID Administrator Mark Green and OPIC Acting President and CEO Dave Bohigian
The initiative involves the State Department, the National Security Council and other US agencies. 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.
Ivanka Trump says the goal is to economically empower 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.
Money for the effort will come through USAID, which initially set up a $50million fund using dollars already budgeted.
The president’s 2020 budget proposal requests $100million for the initiative, which will also be supported by programs across the government as well as private investment.
The White House spending plan would cut overall funding for diplomacy and development.
Ivanka is seen at Dulles International Airport before her flight to Africa on Saturday afternoon
The first daughter issued a statement saying she was ‘excited to travel to Africa’
Ivanka’s schedule includes a women’s economic empowerment summit in Ivory Coast as well as site visits and meetings with political leaders, executives and female entrepreneurs in both countries
Ivanka Trump has made women’s economic empowerment a centerpiece of her White House portfolio.
She has made a number of international trips, with a focus on these issues, including to Japan and India.
Her travel to Africa follows a five-day tour that First Lady Melania Trump made there last year, with a focus on child welfare.
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.