In Congo, all that glitters is really gold

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Next year, DR Congo will mark 60 years of Independence. Judging from the confusion of the first 59 years, we can safely predict that there won’t be much to celebrate.

But Congo’s situation shouldn’t be blamed on the Congolese alone; it is an indictment of the entire continent, especially the leadership of its 54 states.

Look at what is becoming an annual ritual of those 54 heads of state (only a quarter or fewer send representatives), solemnly responding to a summons by some foreign economic power to go and “discuss” development funding.

They proudly return home announcing that they are going to be lent more money for projects.

Yet if there is one place they should all go to seek finance for their infrastructure projects it is in Africa – Congo….

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