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West Wing Week 8/8/14 or, “To the New Africa”

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

This week, the President hosted about 50 African heads of state for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, signed a bill to improve care for America's veterans, and expanded flexibility for cell phone users.

Friday, August 1

  • President Obama started his Friday by meeting with a group of IT professionals at the White House to discuss how federal agencies can attract the same kind of talent found in Silicon Valley. He noted that even the most simplistic technology can help veterans and the uninsured sign up and get scheduled for healthcare.
  • The President then held a press briefing to discuss a myriad of topics from job creation to immigration.
  • The President signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which expands consumer flexibility when it comes to unlocking cell phones.

Tuesday, August 5

  • The President delivered remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum where he announced $7 billion in new financing to promote U.S. exports to and investments in Africa as part of the Doing Business in Africa campaign.
  • The President and First Lady hosted a dinner at the White House for African heads of state and various other VIPs in town for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

Wednesday, August 6

  • The President delivered remarks at the opening of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit focusing on expanding trade, strengthening governance, and deepening security cooperation against common threats to the U.S. and Africa.

Thursday, August 7