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Success in Africa: CEO Insights from a Continent on the Rise by Jonathan Berman

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CHAPTER 6

What About the Government?

Show that you’re here to stay.

Jay Ireland, CEO, GE Africa

Over time, Africa rewards honesty and punishes corruption.

Tom Gibian, CEO, Emerging Capital Partners (2000–2010)

Anyone considering business in Africa asks about the viability of working with governments. It is a first-order consideration for all. For many, it is the deciding factor.

Bob Rubin was straightforward about its impact. “One big challenge,” he said as we discussed the challenges a business book on Africa would need to address “is to define a path by which people get comfort that they can operate there without corruption. That’s a problem. That they can rely on rule of law is another problem, and that there’s some way for them to deal ...

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