US-Africa relations: Five ways Biden administration will affect Nigeria, others

US-Africa relations: Five ways Biden administration will affect Nigeria, others

With Joe Biden's emergence as the projected winner of the United States' presidential election, a report by Quartz Africa has analysed how his administration plans to change the relationship between the US and Africa.

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1. Increased engagement with Africa

The report indicates that the Biden presidency will likely share Donald Trump's view of China as a competitor in Africa. This will lead to the US' increased engagement with Africa as it seeks to outperform China.

2. Improved funding

According to the report, the Biden administration may resume payment of arrears to the United Nation for programmes that affect Africans.

The new incoming administration may also put a stop to the proposed budget cuts to the US development programmes in Africa.

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Five major ways Biden administration will affect Africa

US president-elect Joe Biden with President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo credit: @BashirAhmaad
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3. Support Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's bid to head WTO

As parts of the Biden administration's efforts to improve the US-Africa relations, it may back Nigeria's former minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's bid to head the World Trade Organisation.

Okonjo-Iweala had already received backing from the European Union, African countries, Japan, and China among others and probably would have been named as the new WTO director-general, but the US, under Trump, supported another candidate.

Under Biden, the US may support Okonjo-Iweala.

4. COVID-19 vaccine alliance

The US under Trump has refused to join the global coronavirus vaccine initiative (COVAX). The alliance was formed to ensure timely production of COVID-19 vaccine and guarantee of equitable distribution when the vaccine becomes available.

Biden may join the alliance when he resumes office.

The US being part of the alliance will lead to increased funding which will in turn benefit Africa and others.

5. Stop US withdrawal from the WHO

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President Trump has already announced the withdrawal of the US from the World Health Organisation.

Being the largest funder of the organisation, the US withdrawal will definitely affect the WHO's activities which are very important to Africa.

The Biden presidency may return the US to the WHO.

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Earlier, reported that Biden promised to rejoin the Paris climate agreement which President Trump pulled the US from.

Biden made the pledge in a tweet on Thursday, November 5. The Paris accord was drafted in 2015 to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.

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