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G20 summit presents moment of truth for Trump's Africa policy

US President Donald Trump (centre) with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at the G7 summit of Heads of State and of Government, on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. FILE PHOTO | AFP
US President Donald Trump (centre) with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at the G7 summit of Heads of State and of Government, on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. FILE PHOTO | AFP 

Donald Trump may find it impossible to maintain his inattention to Africa at a meeting on Friday and Saturday of the world's richest countries.

A proposed Compact with Africa is one of the top agenda items at the Group of 20 summit in Germany, which is expected to include an address by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Germany, this year's coordinator of the G20, has fashioned the compact as an opportunity for African nations to attract more private investment by carrying out governance reforms in partnership with wealthy nations and multilateral institutions such as the World Bank.

As the leader of what remains the world's sole superpower, Mr Trump can potentially help ensure the success of the Compact with Africa.

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