The United States of America Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The United States has donated almost $3bn humanitarian assistance to African countries facing one form of crisis or the other since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017 and has also encouraged additional contributions to meet growing needs.
Tillerson contrasted the United States' work on the African continent, which he said promoted "sustainable growth", with that of China, which recently pledged US$124 billion (RM484 billion) for its plan to expand links between Asia, Africa, Europe, and other places.
Tillerson also lauded the progress Africa, as a continent, has made with democracy.
Making Tillerson's job harder, he's showing up on the continent with few concrete goals or new actions to announce.
Tillerson heads to the continent with the Trump administration advocating cuts of more than a third in aid to African countries and programmes, along with deep reductions to global health initiatives.
The other beneficiaries include Ethiopia, Somalia, Nigeria, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region, affected by ongoing conflicts or prolonged drought. "When do we get to see the outlines of what the Trump Africa policy is?"
"Tillerson, who leaves for the tour on Tuesday, will visit Chad, Djbouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria, as well as meet with the African Union Commission..."
In Djibouti, China's development of its first overseas military base just a few miles away has been cause for concern for the USA, illustrating the military side of a broader competition between the US and China playing out across the continent.
The U.S. lawmaker added China "is building military relationships and partnering with one-party states, often to the detriment of good governance, the rule of law, and the African people themselves".
In Ethiopia, for example, total US investment of around $567 million, is dwarfed by Chinese investments, which are more than $15 billion, according to the State Department.
Tillerson said China's investment in Africa "encouraged dependency".