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Ghana, Tanzania on VP Harris Wednesday Agenda

FILE: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris lays a wreath at Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, Tuesday March 28, 2023. This castle served as an embarkation point for slaves en route to the Americas. Harris is on a seven-day African visit that will also take her to Tanzania and Zambia.

ACCRA - U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris meets Ghanaian women entrepreneurs on Wednesday to discuss economic empowerment and leadership, her last engagement in Accra before heading to Tanzania to continue her week-long African tour.

She is scheduled to leave Ghana after her roundtable with women entrepreneurs and fly to the Tanzanian commercial capital Dar es Salaam, where she will meet President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Thursday and fulfil other engagements.

Since landing in Ghana on Sunday, Harris has met President Nana Akufo-Addo, participated in a state banquet, given a speech to young people about innovation and women's empowerment, and visited a 'slave castle' that was the last stop for thousands of Africans sold into the transatlantic slave trade.

Harris is the latest U.S. government figure to visit African countries, after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as Washington strives to counter-balance growing Chinese and Russian influence on the continent.

On Friday, she will fly to Zambia, where she will meet President Hakainde Hichilema and participate in other events. She is due to leave Zambia on Saturday and arrive back in the United States on Sunday.

VOA Africa will continually update this story as events unfold.