For immediate release: Jul 25, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC: Prominent businessman Mr. Lutfi Hassan was invited to a round table discussion with the US President, Barack H. Obama on July 11th, 2013.
President first briefed the group of twenty six business leaders from different business disciplines on the domestic policies related to Health Care, Jobs and the progress on the Economy as well as addressed the foreign policy and foreign trade issues in the Middle East and Africa. President Obama then opened up the meeting for an open and candid discussion on various topics allowing each one of the participants to speak freely whatever was playing on their minds and responded eloquently to their questions while welcoming suggestions.
Complimenting the President on the recent Africa tour and the announcement thereafter on the various initiatives including the Power Africa initiative with the allocation of Seven Billion dollars, Lutfi Hassan suggested more aggressive involvement of Commerce Department in promoting SME (small & medium enterprise) firms particularly in the countries with emerging economies and robust growth. Citing his own international business experience as well as the involvement in coordinating foreign trade missions as the chairman of Mayor Brown’s Advisory Board for International business development, Hassan offered to pitch his own first hand experience in helping to tweak the policy for the Trade Missions. The President graciously accepted his in put and has since connected him to meet with the policy makers at Commerce Department & OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corp).
“ It’s always a delight to see the President. Particularly when you are able to sit across the table for a couple of hours to discuss the issues that are important to our nation. I am honored to be included in discussions at the highest level”. Said Hassan.