The elections of a new president for a world superpower would affect almost every country in the world.
Maybe except China, who, over the years, have considerably shown to the world that they are as much an INDEPENDENT superpower as the United States of America is. But for most countries in Africa like Ghana, there is going to be a direct impact on the nation's growth by who turn victor of the US General Elections.
We have already analysed Donald Trump's plans for the continent, here's what we believe a win for Hillary Rotham Clinton would mean for Ghana;
1. Clinton will continue supporting Africa
Clinton appears to have a relationship with the continent and would likely work with the Clinton Foundation to fight AIDS and support other educational initiatives.
2. Her openness to social interventions would help Africa
Hillary Clinton is also expected to improve capabilities in crisis response and provide protection of civilians, particularly, women and girls. This follows Trumps sometimes disrespectful comments against women.
3. US aid to Ghana might increase but not officially
US aid to the continent is probably likely to increase since the Clintons have a love affair with the continent which stretches back to Bill Clinton's presidency. But this might not be passed through direct governmental channels but maybe through the Clinton Foundation's work on the continent.
As Ben Payne writes, if Clinton wins, “African presidents will still be invited to Washington, and the US will carry on providing security assistance. But she will also face constraints. The cry of ‘America first’ may not be quite loud enough to put Trump in the White House – but the pressures of domestic politics will affect the choices a President Clinton makes on Africa.”
4. Clinton might implement her "strong arm" power over some African states
Hillary Clinton happens to have championed the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, together with the Europeans. Even though Barack Obama believes the move is the "worst mistake" of his presidency, Hillary Clinton said that she "think[s] President Obama made the right decision at the time". But what would her stance mean for Africa if she is voted into power? Already, the overthrowing of governments in the Muslim world has opened up a vacuum which keeps being filled by extreme Muslim groups like the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and others. Many fear that a Hillary win will bring up such a type of foreign policy for North Africa, and the Middle East in particular.
5. Clinton is generally committed to peace enforcement on the continent than Trump
Hillary is expected to intervene in conflicts on the continent that might need American’s attention. And Hillary being the hawk she is, many believe she will definitely intervene in Darfur or the Central African Republic because black West Africa, even though might not be of interest to the US in financial terms, will surely be of interest to it in terms of human interest. This is because the US would like to see that people of the Darfur & Central African Republic regions have peace once more.
However, there appears to be a limit to how far she would go in responding to a crisis, such as renewed civil war in Democratic Republic of Congo following President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down.
6. AGOA likely to face an uncertain future
What the future of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) will be would be of great concern to African businesses. As Ben Payton, the head of Africa at risk advisory firm Verisk Maplecroft writes: “African leaders will be reassured by Clinton’s frequent praise for the legislation, and concerned by Trump’s pledge to scrap trade deals that hurt American manufacturers.”
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a United States Trade Act enacted in 2000, and has since been renewed until 2025. The legislation significantly enhances market access to the US for qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, of which Ghana is one.
AGOA builds on existing US trade programmes by expanding the (duty-free) benefits previously available only under the country’s Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme.
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