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" I think the Cold War was worse for Africa than colonialism. "
" I am not a politician. I am not in politics. I'm just a citizen. "
" The way forward for Africa is investment. "
" Botswana had three successive good presidents who served their legal terms, who did well for their countries - three, not one. "
" While the Marshall Plan was important for Europe's recovery, Europe's prosperity was really built on economic integration and policy coherence. "
" African leaders work really under severe limitations and constraints. "
" You get over your first love by falling in love with something new. "
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" I don't subscribe to the narrative that Africa is backward because of colonialism. "
" Multinationals don't pay taxes in Africa - we all know that. "
" Every man, woman and child knows about Mugabe, but people say, 'Mogae, who is that?' "
" Women in Africa are really the pillar of the society, are the most productive segment of society, actually. They do agriculture. "
" It is very difficult for any dictator or any incumbent to falsify the results of an election and just get away with it. "
" More people smile at me now I'm richer. "
" Africa is underpopulated. We have 20% of the world's landmass and 13% of its population. "
" Nobody messes with China, nobody messes with the United States, or with Europe, because these are really big entities with a lot of clout and a lot of economic power. They have a place at the table. "
" Nobody in Africa loves to be a beggar or a recipient of aid. Everywhere I go in Africa, people say, 'When are we going to stand up on our feet?' "
" Africa should not again face isolation or stigmatisation based on ignorance and unrepresentative imagery. "
" 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. "
" All we hear about Africa in the West is Darfur, Zimbabwe, Congo, Somalia, as if that is all there is. "
" I never had a doubt that I wanted to do engineering. "
" Positive market incentives operating in the public interest are too few and far between, and are also up against a seemingly never-ending expansion of perverse incentives and lobbying. "
" I ended up being a businessman unwittingly. I wanted to be an academic; I wanted to be like Einstein. "
" Behind every corrupt politician are 10-20 corrupt businessmen. "
" Far from being hopeless, Africa is full of hope and potential, maybe more so than any other continent. The challenge is to ensure that its potential is utilised. "
" It was a no-brainer that the cellular route would be a great success in Africa. "
" Business is global. Countries need to react to that; taxes need to be paid where profit arises. "
" The problem is that many times people suspend their common sense because they get drowned in business models and Harvard business school teachings. "
" The Ibrahim Index is a tool to hold governments to account and frame the debate about how we are governed. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" What is a government supposed to do for its people? To improve the standard of living, to help them get jobs, get kids to schools, and have access to medicine and hospitals. Government may not directly provide these public goods and services, but government must be accountable for whether or not they are delivered to citizens. "