The Joe Biden administration is eager to start discussing how it can apply its ‘build back better’ mantra to commerce with Africa when it ... virtually hosts the continent’s trade ministers this week. For their part, America's African partners want to make sure that Washington doesn’t bulldoze their two-decade-old, duty-free access to the US market in the process.
Washington’s decision follows a month after the emergence of leaked bank documents purporting to show how Gertler’s companies in the DRC had worked around what are meant to be the US’s most punitive sanctions.
The US treasury department first sanctioned Gertler in 2017, accusing him of amassing his fortune “through hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals” in the DRC. The country had lost more than $1.3bn from these deals, according to the US treasury.