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Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market: A guide to the business and investment opportunities in emerging Africa by David Mataen

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Chapter 5: Commercialisation of Essential Services

Background and perspective

Since modern systems of government were installed in Africa, public infrastructure development has been the paramount responsibility of government. That is why they are granted licence under the laws and the constitutions to tax and levy charges on people and businesses. Politicians use development as a constant, albeit sometimes empty, campaign slogan. It forms the basis for every political party manifesto and theme for every campaign rally. It is what African people have awaited for years. Yet tangible development remained insubstantial and elusive for most of the last half century, until barely a decade ago.

In the 1960s and early 1970s, African economies ...

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