Trade to dominate as Obama welcomes African leaders – The Malaysian Insider

“My advice to African leaders is to make sure that if, in fact, China is putting in roads and bridges, number one, that they’re hiring African workers; number two, that the roads don’t just lead from the mine to the port to Shanghai, but that there’s an ability for the African governments to shape how this infrastructure is going to benefit them in the long term,” Obama said in an interview with The Economist on Friday.The extension of AGOA, the US program that grants commercial advantages to certain African products, and “Power Africa,” a scheme to double access to electricity to sub-Saharan Africa will also figure in discussions.Drawing up a list of invites for the summit has proved delicate. Only four nations were left off the guest list – the Central African Republic, Eritrea, Sudan and Zimbabwe.Nevertheless, the longtime leaders of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Cameroon Paul Biya and Angola Jose Eduardo dos Santos have all received an invitation.

via Trade to dominate as Obama welcomes African leaders – The Malaysian Insider.

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