US President Joe Biden is due to receive his first African leader guest at the White House on Thursday when he holds talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The White House said the meeting would include discussions on democracy and human rights issues, as well as security, accelerating economic growth and addressing climate change issues.
Biden and Kenyatta will also talk about “the need to bring transparency and accountability to the domestic and international financial system,” the White House said.
This is expected to include disclosure of Kenyatta and his family’s assets outside Kenya. The International Consortium of Investigating Journalists stated in a recent report on the Pandora Papers that the Kenyatta family kept about $30 million overseas. There is no evidence that the Kenyatta family stole state assets.
When asked Wednesday about the push for transparency and disclosure of the Pandora Papers, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden was “quite vocal about the inequalities in the international financial system.”
“This doesn’t mean we won’t meet people who disagree with us,” Psaki said. “We have a range of interests in working with Kenya and with them discussing issues in Africa, in the region, and that will be the main focus.”
Thursday’s meeting also takes place as the conflict and humanitarian crisis continues in neighboring Kenya, Ethiopia.
Kenyatta told reporters Tuesday at the United Nations that the warring parties in Ethiopia need to reach a “political resolution, because we don’t believe there is a military solution.” [uh/ab]