US Vice President Harris Kicks-off 9-Day Tour of Africa with Ghana

Vows greater investment for the continent upon touching down in Accra

The US Vice President Kamala Harris said that she is "excited" about the future of Africa as she started her nine-day trip in Ghana on March 26.

 “What an honor it is to be here in Ghana and on the continent of Africa,” said Harris when she arrived. School children, dancers and drummers welcomed Harris when she arrived in Ghana for the visit.

Harris said, "We are looking forward to this trip as a further statement of the long and enduring very important relationship and friendship between the people of the United States and those who live on this continent." 

She was welcomed by her Ghanaian’s counterpart Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia Sunday, the Daily Guide Ghana said.

She is on a week-long trip to Africa and will be in Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia, to deepen the US-Africa relationship focusing on economic development, climate change, food security, and a rising youth population.

The US vice president also said that she welcomed the chance to "witness firsthand the extraordinary innovation and creativity that is occurring on this continent". She also said that she wanted to promote economic growth and food security. 

The visit is deemed crucial as the US is aiming to deepen American ties amid global competition over Africa's future. The US has been constantly monitoring China as Beijing has invested heavily in Africa in recent decades, including in infrastructure and resource development. 

After touching down in Ghana, Harris said, "On this trip I intend to do work that is focused on increasing investments here on the continent and facilitating economic growth and opportunity." Ghana is the first destination in a trip that will later take her to Zambia and then Tanzania. 

This is VP Harris’ first visit to the African continent since taking office.

She is expected to meet with Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo today for bilateral talks, Joyonline of Accra reported, and will later in the day visit a local recording studio and meet with young people in the creative industry.

On Tuesday, the Vice President will deliver a speech to a young audience and visit the Cape Coast slave castle to speak about the brutality of slavery and the African Diaspora.

On Wednesday, she will meet with women entrepreneurs in Accra to discuss the economic empowerment of women.