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In Trade with Africa, US Playing Catch-up

January 18, 2017, Voice of America

Witney Schneidman is quoted in a Voice of America article regarding U.S. trade and investment in Africa. "I think the key to [Barack Obama’s] legacy is that he has brought trade and investment to the forefront of the U.S.-Africa policy agenda.” Schneidman adds, "When you look at the totality of this, not only does it say that the U.S. has interests in Africa with investing in the success, but that the U.S. wants to be part of the emerging dynamic on the continent that is looking to business to create jobs, to generate opportunities, to generate growth, to generate skills and this is a really important dynamic."

Looking toward the incoming administration, Schneidman sees the African Growth and Opportunity Act as an opportunity for President-elect Donald Trump to negotiate a better deal. "I think Trump could take a look at this and say, ‘You know, we need to do something different, and maybe we need to make AGOA a little tougher as it concerns the access of U.S. companies to the continent.'"

 

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