Statement by the President: African Growth and Opportunity Act and Caribbean Basin Initiative (10/2/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                           October 2,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I am pleased to release today a list of countries eligible for trade
benefits under the Caribbean Basin Initiative and African Growth and
Opportunity Act legislation enacted last spring.  By expanding our trade
relationship with 34 Sub-Saharan African countries and 24 Caribbean Basin
countries, we will help promote economic development, alleviate global
poverty, and create new economic opportunities for American workers and
businesses.  This action truly marks a new era of stronger relations
between the United States and our friends in the Caribbean, Central
America, and Africa.


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