To Boost Trade With Africa, U.S. Should Focus on Governance

To Boost Trade With Africa, U.S. Should Focus on Governance
President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena, Nairobi, Kenya, July 26, 2015 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).

On his current visit to Kenya and Ethiopia, U.S. President Barack Obama has been wise to promote stronger business ties between Africa and the United States. The U.S. has lagged behind rivals, notably China, when it comes to commercial engagement with the continent. The Obama administration is well aware of the problem, and the president’s trip is not the first attempt to fix it. But meaningful progress will require Washington to go beyond rhetoric and actively help to enhance governance frameworks that currently prevent U.S. companies from competing effectively in many African countries. For several years now, the Obama administration […]

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