From: Alex Leary [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 7:07 PM
To: Gabriel, Brian
Subject: In-town print pool No. 2
POTUS gave remarks at an East Room reception celebrating the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which in June got a 10-year renewal from Congress.
POTUS said it came at a perfect moment before his trip tomorrow to Africa (applause).
"Despite its many challenges -- and we have to be clear-eyed about all the challenges that the continent still faces -- Africa is a place of incredible dynamism, some of the fastest growing markets in the world, extraordinary people, extraordinary resilience, and it has the potential to be the next center of global economic growth. And that's why as president I have worked so hard to take our relationship with Africa to a new level."
See WH transcript for full remarks.
POTUS gave a plug for the confirmation of Gayle Smith to run the U.S. Agency for International Development (applause). Smith was in attendance, as was Susan Rice and several members of Congress (though pooler, confined to back of room, could not see them).
POTUS said there are still "a lot of misperceptions within the business community," and announced a second U.S.-Africa Business Forum, to be held next year.
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