Obama Promotes Sub-Saharan Ties

from The wall Street  Journal..

June 27, 2013

By DREW HINSHAW

DAKAR, Senegal—President Barack Obama Thursday called for broader commercial engagement with Africa, but also touched on the continent’s more sensitive issues such gay rights and the failing health of former South African leader Nelson Mandela.

“The reason I came to Africa is because Africa’s rising,” President Obama told reporters, after an hourlong talk with Senegal’s President Macky Sall, to mark the start of his second trip to the continent as president.

The two presidents said they hope to sign new trade agreements between the U.S. and the West African Community of Economic States, a bloc of 15 countries whose economies are picking up pace. Mr. Obama also said he’ll ask Congress to renew and expand on the African Growth and Opportunity Act, a 2000 law that allows African democracies to export manufactured goods to the U.S. duty free…

The two presidents said they hope to sign new trade agreements between the U.S. and the West African Community of Economic States, a bloc of 15 countries whose economies are picking up pace. Mr. Obama also said he’ll ask Congress to renew and expand on the African Growth and Opportunity Act, a 2000 law that allows African democracies to export manufactured goods to the U.S. duty free.

Link to the article and slideshow:   http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323873904578571343287533544.html?KEYWORDS=Senegal#slide/1

 

 

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