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#1. Governance is everything. Without governance we have nothing - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#2. The leakage of information means you're going to be able to read everybody's e-mail. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#3. Botswana had three successive good presidents who served their legal terms, who did well for their countries - three, not one. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#4. 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. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#5. Rule of law is the most important element in any civil society. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#6. Multinationals don't pay taxes in Africa - we all know that. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#7. It was a no-brainer that the cellular route would be a great success in Africa. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#8. It's time Africa started listening to our young people instead of always telling them what to do. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#9. What do you do if you're an executive who resigns? You declare yourself a consultant. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#10. Billions of dollars are thrown at African countries. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#11. In a world of growing food demand, Africa is home to two-thirds of the world's unexploited arable land. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#12. Experience counts in government even more than in business. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#13. Every man, woman and child knows about Mugabe, but people say, 'Mogae, who is that?' - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#14. Cape Verde produces good people. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#15. Mobile phones could not work in Africa without prepaid because it's a cash society. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#16. 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. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#17. 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.' - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#18. Celtel established a mobile phone network in Africa at a time when investors told me that there was no market for mobile phones there. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#19. Experience shows that when political governance and economic management diverge, overall development becomes unsustainable. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#20. 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. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#21. I need to be free, to speak the unspeakable. You can't do that in office. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#22. I don't even have a small boat. I don't even have a toy boat in my bathtub. I don't have a biplane, I don't have anything. Those things are toys, and I don't need them to be happy. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#23. Electoral turnout is falling among the young, and political apathy is on the rise. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#24. Before any investor goes into any country, he is looking for the exit door. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#25. 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?' - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#26. Transfer pricing is causing huge problems in Africa. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#27. Look at the international bodies that came out of U.N. - international, publicly funded bodies that neither you or I know their names, because they are completely outdated and still publicly funded because there are no sunset clauses. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#28. Remarkably, governments are beginning to embrace the idea that nothing enhances democracy more than giving voice and information to everybody in the country. Why not open their books if they have nothing to hide? - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#29. From my father, I learnt kindness and how to talk straight. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#30. Young people are better educated. They grew up in a society which is well connected, well informed. They are able to communicate to one another, to know what is happening. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#31. Of course, Nelson Mandela, everybody knows Nelson Mandela. I mean, he's a great gift not only for Africa but for the whole world, actually. But do not expect everybody to be a Nelson Mandela. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#32. Intimidation, harassment and violence have no place in a democracy. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#33. For citizens to become fully engaged in holding their leadership to account, accurate information is required to see where action is needed, to measure the results of policies and programmes, to build support for courageous decisions and to consolidate political legitimacy. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#34. I don't subscribe to the narrative that Africa is backward because of colonialism. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#35. Now is the time for Afro-realism: for sound policies based on honest data, aimed at delivering results. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#36. The Zimbabwean people, like everyone else, have a right to live in freedom and prosperity and to select their leaders through fair and democratic elections. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#37. I think we need to look at ourselves first. We should practice what we're preaching. Otherwise, we are hypocrites. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#38. We measure everything - why not governance? - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#39. In the final analysis, finding a way to do clean business and not to pay bribes actually improves your bottom line. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#40. If we cannot accurately measure poverty, we surely cannot accurately measure our efforts to tackle it. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#41. Most of the money I made has gone back to Africa or is going back to Africa. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#42. Women in Africa are really the pillar of the society, are the most productive segment of society, actually. They do agriculture. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#43. Increasing extremism - across Africa and the world - must be understood in the context of the failure of our leaders properly to manage diversity within their borders. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#44. The fight against Ebola cannot undermine the fight against poverty. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#45. If economic progress is not translated into better quality of life and respect for citizens' rights, we will witness more Tahrir Squares in Africa. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#46. If Sudan starts to crumble, the shock waves will spread. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#47. I come from a typical family. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#48. When Captain Moussa Dadis Camara came to power, too many thought he would hold to his promise to stand down, introduce democratic elections and restore the rule of law. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#49. I am not a politician. I am not in politics. I'm just a citizen. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#50. 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. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#51. When you ask people what they think of Africa, they think of AIDS, genocide, disasters, famine. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#52. I think the Cold War was worse for Africa than colonialism. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#53. I really don't have heroes in business; I never looked up at business people. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#54. The Ibrahim Index is a tool to hold governments to account and frame the debate about how we are governed. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#55. Societies are not sustainable without institutions. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#56. It is very difficult for any dictator or any incumbent to falsify the results of an election and just get away with it. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#57. 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. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#58. The issue with international institutions is that there is a crisis of legitimacy. Trust in these institutions is a serious problem. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#59. The African Development Bank is one of the most aggressive advocates of regional integration. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#60. All we hear about Africa in the West is Darfur, Zimbabwe, Congo, Somalia, as if that is all there is. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#61. Mexico established a unique three-part governing system shared by the government, the information commission and civil society organisations. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#62. Governance has been at the heart of the work of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations and is a clear focus in its report, 'Now for the Long Term.' - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#63. Nobody can come and develop Africa on behalf of Africans. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#64. I never set out really to build a financial empire or to be a wealthy man. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#65. Africa has 53 countries. And you find that three or four countries in these 53 are dominating the news. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#66. There's no point in trying to hoard money after life, so better really to share with people. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#67. The U.S. has been a great friend all these years, but as soon as Africa found itself starting to move up, the U.S. is really disengaging. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#68. The state and its elites must be subject, in theory and in practice, to the same laws that its poorest citizens are. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#69. I left Sudan when I was 25 or 26 years old. If I had stayed, I would never have ended up being an entrepreneur. You can have the qualities, but if you don't have the environment, you just wither away. It's like a fish: take it out of water, it will not survive. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#70. Modern slavery is a hidden crime and notoriously difficult to measure. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#71. 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. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#72. Behind every corrupt politician are 10-20 corrupt businessmen. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#73. The problem is that many times people suspend their common sense because they get drowned in business models and Harvard business school teachings. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#74. The Nobel Prize is worth $1.5 million, but that's not the issue. Do the distinguished scientists who win the Nobel Prize need the money? Probably not. The honor is more important the money, and that's the case with the prize for African leadership as well. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#75. People never confess to failure. They should. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#76. Mobile phones play a really wonderful role in enabling civil society. As well as empowering people economically and socially, they are a wonderful political tool. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#77. The way forward for Africa is investment. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#78. Africa offers the highest return on investment in the world. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#79. I made money. I wanted to give it back to Africa but I wanted to give it back in a meaningful way. So I really want to do something which deals with the root of the problem of hunger, of disease, of ills we have in our society. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#80. Roads are not practical in Africa. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#81. Africa is underpopulated. We have 20% of the world's landmass and 13% of its population. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#82. Women do kids. Women do cooking. Women doing everything. And yet, their position in society is totally unacceptable. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#83. African leaders work really under severe limitations and constraints. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#84. I never had a doubt that I wanted to do engineering. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#85. Young people, all too often, find their interests overlooked and their voices ignored. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#86. Literacy in Tunisia is almost 100%. It's amazing - no country in the region or even in Asia can match Tunisia in education. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#87. When I was young, there was only one TV channel, sponsored by the government, and it only broadcast things like what the leader had for breakfast. There was no real media. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#88. If we are to build grassroots respect for the institutions and processes that constitute democracy, the state must treat its citizens as real citizens rather than as subjects. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#89. Rwanda really did take very strong steps towards development. I mean, this place is unrecognizable. There's a very good management of economy and resources - it's a success story, and that's great. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#90. 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. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#91. You fly for hours and hours and hours over Africa to go from one place to another. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#92. What we need in Africa is balanced development. Economic success cannot be a replacement for human rights or participation or democracy ... it doesn't work. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#93. 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. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#94. Many Africans are used to a life where they get up in the morning and don't know what they're going to do that day. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#95. I'm an engineer. I'm a techie, really. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#96. 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. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#97. While the Marshall Plan was important for Europe's recovery, Europe's prosperity was really built on economic integration and policy coherence. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#98. We need to keep pressure on our own governments to force more and more transparency. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#99. Sudan cannot afford to be on the wrong side of history. The north and south will have to work together, but will they? - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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#100. Many African people are smarter than me - kids who could have been better. I have no claim for genius. - Author: Mo Ibrahim
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