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August 8, 2014, Roll Call
Witney Schneidman writes on how extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act will enable the U.S. to maintain a competitive edge against China in the African market in this op-ed for Roll Call:
"In the competition for African opportunities, job creation is the U.S. strategic advantage. We are not going to finance infrastructure the same way that China does, we are not going to provide direct budget support to African governments like the Europeans do, but we can help African countries create broad based economic growth that benefits everyone. Fifty percent of Africans are under the age of 15, and 60 percent of youth are unemployed. Successful job creation will determine which countries remain stable, develop dynamic economies and grow a vibrant middle class that will purchase American products."