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All Quotes by author - Mo Ibrahim
" Africa has 53 countries. And you find that three or four countries in these 53 are dominating the news. "
" Africa is progressing but maybe not in the way you think it is. Even if the overall picture looks good, we must all remain vigilant and not get complacent. "
" Africa is rich, and why are we poor then if our continent is rich. It is not right. "
" Africa is underpopulated. We have 20% of the world's landmass and 13% of its population. "
" African leaders work really under severe limitations and constraints. "
" Africa offers the highest return on investment in the world. "
" Africa should not again face isolation or stigmatisation based on ignorance and unrepresentative imagery. "
" Africa's success stories are delivering the whole range of the public goods and services that citizens have a right to expect and are forging a path that we hope more will follow. "
" Africa was perceived - it still is to some extent - as a place which is very difficult to do business in. I don't share that view. "
" After the sale of Celtel, I really wanted to give the money back, and I had a number of choices - to go and buy masses of blankets and baby milk or to go into Darfur or Congo. That would have been very nice actually, but it's just like an aspirin: it doesn't deal with the problem. "
" All we hear about Africa in the West is Darfur, Zimbabwe, Congo, Somalia, as if that is all there is. "
" Almost every country in Africa has now instituted multi-party democracy. "
" A narrative that branded Africa as little more than an economic, political and social basket case was not likely to provide the investment needed to drive development. "
" Before any investor goes into any country, he is looking for the exit door. "
" Behind every corrupt politician are 10-20 corrupt businessmen. "
" Billions of dollars are thrown at African countries. "
" Botswana had three successive good presidents who served their legal terms, who did well for their countries - three, not one. "
" Business is global. Countries need to react to that; taxes need to be paid where profit arises. "
" Business people get many undeserved prizes - golden parachutes and bonuses even when companies fail. I don't think people should get rewarded for screwing up. "
" Cape Verde produces good people. "
" Celtel established a mobile phone network in Africa at a time when investors told me that there was no market for mobile phones there. "
" Challenging vested interests requires a government's full commitment. "
" Compared to developed countries, or even to some major emerging countries, burdened by aging populations, financial crises, widening budget deficits, faltering faith in politics and growing social demands, Africa has become the world's last 'New Frontier:' a kind of 'it-continent.' "
" Computers are very expensive and they need power, and that can be a problem in Africa. "
" Corruption exists everywhere. "
" Educational opportunities have supported the rise of the African middle class, the professional cadre of young people who are now willing and able to contribute to Africa's future prosperity. "
" Electoral turnout is falling among the young, and political apathy is on the rise. "
" Every man, woman and child knows about Mugabe, but people say, 'Mogae, who is that?' "
" Everywhere in Africa, you see Indian, Chinese, Brazilian businesses. Other than Coca Cola and the oil companies, it is very rare to see American businesses. "
" Experience counts in government even more than in business. "
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