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Obama: Africa Wants Trade, Not Aid

There (1)_____________, poverty and disease in Africa, but the president of the United States says the direction of the continent is (2)_____________.
President Barack Obama told business leaders this week that “Africa is (3)_________________.” He spoke at a meeting of the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in New York City.
Obama said the African continent is “home to some of the (4)________________ in the world and … powered by the youngest population anywhere on the planet.”
“[Africa has] a middle class (5)________________ to more than a billion customers,” he added.
Obama told the meeting that everywhere he travels in Africa, “from Senegal to South Africa, (6)_______________ they do not just want aid, they want trade. They want partners, not patrons.”
To help American (7)________________, the U.S. government has become more active in Africa. Since 2008, the Department of Commerce has opened offices in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania. The department also has an (8)________________________ in Ghana and re-established a presence at the African Development Bank.
Two (9)__________________ led the U.S.-Africa Business Forum meeting: Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The event was designed to help investors and business people from Africa and North America (10)_________________ each other.
As Obama explained: “All of you should be wanting to make money and create great products and great services, and (11)________________, and do right by your investors. But the good news is, in Africa right now, if you are doing well, you can also be doing a lot of good.”
One of the young people he spoke about is Frances Udukwu from Nigeria. She is (12)_________________ as Miss Africa USA.
Frances Udukwu is only 26 years old, but she recently launched a (13)________________________, called the Lead Girl Foundation. Its goal is to help girls and young women make a life for themselves through business and (14)_______________________.
She said, “My (15)__________________ [thing] is being able to touch the lives of many young girls and women across not only Africa, but in the (United) States as well.”
Udukwu lives in Washington, D.C., but travels to Nigeria often. She (17)________________ Temple University in Philadelphia and studied public health. She plans to go to law school.
I’m Marsha James.
Cindy Saine reported this story for Jim Dresbach adapted her report for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.
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Words in This Story

forumn. a meeting at which a subject can be discussed
customern. someone who buys goods or services from a business
patronn. a person who gives money and support to an artist or organization
acquaintedadj. having met : knowing each other in a personal or social way

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