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US Trade & Development Agency Chief: “China Hasn’t Changed Our Approach in Africa”

Despite his best efforts, the CNBC Africa journalist Karabo Lethlhatlha wasn’t successful in getting the Acting Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency, Thomas R. Hardy, to comment on China. In an interview that was nominally about Washington’s efforts to expand investment in Africa, Lethlhatlha, host of the program Political Capital, tried to get Hardy’s take on whether he felt the United States had effectively fallen behind China in Africa. Hardy didn’t bite and instead spoke at length about why he thinks the U.S. is well-positioned in Africa today.

Highlights from Thomas R. Hardy’s Interview on CNBC Africa

  • 2:30: U.S. INNOVATION: “What we’re bringing is innovation. An approach to economic development that is based on mutual benefit. I think that U.S. companies are focused on quality innovative solutions that have been tested and proven in the U.S. model and see a real opportunity to make that leap into Africa.”
  • 6:54: CHINA “China’s involvement, China’s expansion on the African continent hasn’t changed our approach” (this was pretty much the only reference he made to China)
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