The president of the United States of America, Joe Biden, announced on Friday that his administration would implement a new 10-year strategy to contain conflicts with Mozambique among the countries covered by the measure.
The Biden administration’s new strategy is based on a law approved by the US Congress in 2019, establishing that $200 million per year (€181 million) must be allocated to development plans that create long-term stability.
The countries that will benefit from these funds are Mozambique, Haiti, Libya, Papua New Guinea and five West African countries (Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea and Togo), the US president announced.
In a letter made public by the White House, Joe Biden said that the United States should have a leadership position and be “a force for peace and stability” and a nation that other governments can work together.
According to the same document, this new strategy represents a reaffirmation of US leadership to face current challenges, including pandemics, the climate crisis and the rise of autocracies that believe democracy “cannot thrive in the 21st century”.
The US president said that the images coming from Ukraine are a “reminder” of the consequences of war and the need to avoid violence.
This is why Biden advocated a new strategy based on long-term efforts over 10 years to work with civil society and the countries’ governments concerned to “promote stability, economic development, respect for human rights and gender equality”.
One of the points that distinguish this strategy from others implemented by Washington in the past is that it seeks to look beyond short-term needs and focus on long-term objectives, the White House emphasised.