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|WASHINGTON Frans Nielsen Hoodie , Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is laying out the 2014 agenda in the State of the Union address Tuesday night, trying to reignite the Democratic base in the year of Congressional mid-term election.
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According to the president, the country has achieved the following results: the lowest unemployment rate in over five years; a rebounding housing market; a manufacturing sector that's adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s; more oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world -- the first time that's happened in nearly 20 years.
"After four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better," he said.
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He noted that the immigration reform should be pushed this year because it will grow economy and shrink our deficits by almost 1 trillion U.S. dollars in the next two decades.
The president emphasized that the training workforce and reforming unemployment insurance will make the economy more effective.
Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child's life is high-quality early education, he noted, adding reform on education by investing in new partnerships with states and communities across the country in a race to the top for youngest children.
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NAIROBI, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The Common Market for Eastern and Southern African (COMESA) has agreed to extend Kenya's sugar imports safeguard from the trading bloc by another year, officials said on Friday.
The Africa's largest bloc's Trade and Customs Committee which was mandated to process safeguards by the Council of Ministers agreed to grant Kenya another 12-month extension during its meeting held last week.
"During its meeting, the committee considered the request from the government of Kenya and recommended that the Kenyan sugar sector should be given a one year extension of their existing safeguard subject to review and renewal for another one year Womens Dylan Larkin Jersey ," COMESA said in a statement to Xinhua.
Last week, COMESA Assistant Secretary Kipyego Cheluget said in Nairobi that African bloc's Trade and Customs Committee had agreed to Kenya's request for an extension in order to protect the country from cheap sugar imports.
Cheluget said COMESA will give Kenya more time to improve the efficiency of its local sugar industry. The country's safeguards expired on Feb. 28.
This is the fourth time the East African nation has been granted an extension from the regional bloc since it was granted the protection window in 2004.
The statement said the Committee also recommended that a system allocating specific quotas to each Member State should be put in place taking into account the agricultural calendar of the Member States, in consultation with the Member States and be based on a formula to be agreed by the Council of Ministers.
The statement said the Committee, which is composed of representatives from member States, came up with what was considered "a win-win approach" recommending that the Secretariat should develop the draft criteria for allocating quotas.
"These recommendations will now be tabled before the Council of Ministers on March 26 -27 to take the decision Womens Frans Nielsen Jersey ," the statement said, referring to the 18th COMESA summit will be held in Addis Ababa.
The African bloc's safeguards allow Kenya to maintain a 350,000- tonne ceiling on duty-free sugar imports from within the trade bloc, which stretches through to South Africa.
The country's sugar sector is ailing, with millers faced with issues of cane supply shortage due to varieties that take long to mature and are rain-fed Womens Mike Green Jersey , rampant cane poaching and general mismanagement.
Kenya has been seeking another extension of COMESA safeguards on sugar as the curr.