Women’s empowerment and relations between Latin America and the United States were the focus of U.S. presidential adviser Ivanka Trump’s tour of Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay, where she announced investments and programs aimed at women in the region.
Trump was accompanied by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, among other senior officials of the U.S. Administration, to strengthen relations with those countries in trade, security or defense, other objectives of her trip.
Colombia was the first stop of the advisor and daughter of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, in this quick tour of the region, which barely lasted a week.
Trump landed in Bogotá on Monday, although its activities did not begin until Tuesday, when it launched the Women’s Global Prosperity and Development Initiative (WGDP) in Colombia.
Through the WGDP, the United States hopes to empower 50 million women by 2025 with the collaboration of all U.S. agencies and departments.
In the case of Colombia, Trump linked women’s economic empowerment with building and achieving peace in the country, “where women are playing an increasing role in economic development”.
Also in Colombia, Trump and Sullivan paid tribute to the 22 killed in a car bomb attack earlier this year by the guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN) against the General Santander Police Cadet School in Bogotá.
Her visit took on a more political character in this activity, focused on defense cooperation between the two countries, and with women at the center, given the Colombian army’s interest in improving “women’s participation in security and defense matters”, as Colombia’s Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said.
Before continuing their tour, the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), which was also part of the delegation, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) signed letters of intent to support two private funds earmarked for women’s projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In addition, the Americans announced during their passage through Colombia a disbursement of more than $120 million in humanitarian aid to address the Venezuelan migration crisis.
From Colombia, Trump travelled to the Argentine province of Jujuy, in the north of the country, where she learned about the work of the Latin American women’s development and microfinance organization Pro Mujer.
The U.S. advisor stressed the “general commitment to Argentina in matters of women’s empowerment” and was optimistic about the improvements in women’s economic empowerment in the country.
At the bilateral level, the United States will invest 400 million dollars in Argentina, with funds from OPIC, to improve a route that connects the country with Chile, according to Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie.
After a brief stay in Argentina, Trump flew to the Paraguayan capital, where he arrived on Thursday afternoon.
On Friday morning, the advisor was received at the Government Palace by President Mario Abdo Benítez and First Lady Silvana López Moreira.
Trump learned about Paraguayan handicrafts made by women’s hands shortly before announcing an investment of $500 million for women entrepreneurs throughout the region.
“This is vitally important when we think about ensuring that this hemisphere can reach its potential,” she added.
At the end of her activities at the Government Palace, Trump travelled to her country’s embassy to meet with members of the U.S. Agency for International Development (Usaid), while Sullivan went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to talk to its head, Antonio Rivas.
The U.S. delegation concluded its visit to Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay in Asunción, from where it flew back to Washington on Friday afternoon.