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Analysis: Jilted Africa Cool to US Vote after Obama Fever Fades (Reuters)

November 6, 2012

Vice president of programs and senior fellow Todd Moss is quoted in an article on Obama's presence in Africa over the past four years.

From the article:

Four years ago, Kogelo, and Africa in general, celebrated with noisy gusto when Obama, whose father came from the scattered hamlet of tin-roofed homes, became the first African-American to be elected president of the United States.
Looking across the Atlantic to the November 6 presidential election, the continent is cooler now towards the "son of Africa" who is seeking a second term. There are questions too whether his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, will have more to offer to sub-Saharan Africa if he wins the White House.

Obama carried on initiatives launched by his predecessors. These include Bill Clinton's African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which waives import duties on thousands of goods exported to the U.S. from eligible countries, George W. Bush's President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. aid vehicle that assists countries with good governance.

But the Obama administration's own signature "U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa", in which the president calls Africa "more important than ever to the security and prosperity of the international community" and "the world's next major economic success story," was only released in June this year.

"That contributes towards this perception that Africa was an afterthought," said Todd Moss, vice president and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington.

Read it here.

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