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Obama’s Opportunity to Improve U.S. Investment in Africa

Which continent is home to six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies and is projected to grow by 5 percent in 2013, more than twice the U.S. rate? And which one gets only 1 percent of U.S. foreign direct investment?

The answer, of course, is Africa, from which President Barack Obama returned last week after a six-day trip. His visit focused much-needed attention on the uneven state of African development -- and the U.S.’s lack of a strategy to engage the continent economically.