Focus on Job Creation for the American People

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U.S. African Chamber of Commerce President Martin Mohammed expressed his concern over the contentious spirit surrounding the passage of the health care reform bill that was recently signed by President Barack Obama. Mr. Mohammed noted that job creation and the national economy should be our critical focus and primary agenda.

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Let us remain resolved in creating jobs for the American people, and thereby stimulate the economy through consumer spending.

With high unemployment still at double-digit percentages in many states across the nation, and where every job application generates hundreds of candidates armed with polished resumes, our focus -- amidst the drama and hoopla surrounding the health care reform -- must not deter from the economy. “Let us remain resolved in creating jobs for the American people, and thereby stimulate the economy through consumer spending,” Mr. Martin Mohammed, President of the U.S. African Chamber of Commerce, said shortly after President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill into law.

According to Mr. Mohammed: “These are tough times for unemployed or underemployed families and individuals -- most particularly African immigrants -- who are desperate and fearful of losing everything they have worked for while being hounded by lenders, creditors, and collection agencies who they fear are using unscrupulous tactics to take over their assets. Many of them are faced with the predicament of applying for bankruptcy and a string of legal issues. It is time that the administration and Congress should ‘step back’ from their contentious fear-mongering about health care reform and focus on the economy and stabilizing immigrant families and all hardworking families of this great nation. Along with policymakers, lobbyists, and all activist groups and organizations that have organized around health care reform, officials should get back on the real agenda of a free and robust American economy, free enterprise, job creation and growth and opportunities for the American people.”

The U.S. African Chamber of Commerce (USACC) is asking both private and public sectors to work for this agenda on behalf of the American people and all immigrant populations contributing to the vitality of the national and global economy; and to encourage small business job creation as one critical objective in helping eliminate our national debt.

Historically, America has been admired globally for its entrepreneurship, creativity, and fierce problem solving. It must continue to preserve this spirit to compete in the global market for the twenty-first century -- in educational system reform, health care reform, the economy and job creation, and free enterprise.

The USACC is the leading advocacy organization for U.S. African relations and emerging African markets. The USACC is the umbrella organization for African chambers of commerce and professional trade and business associations throughout the United States and abroad.


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