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Some good news out of Africa

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OPINION: Who's up for some good news? I know I am.

You may be surprised it's coming from Africa, a continent that usually attracts attention only in the context of crisis, conflict, famine, natural disasters and eye-popping levels of graft and corruption.

It's almost as if we don't have the vocabulary to discuss African issues in anything other than a horror-stricken fashion. But the truth, as always, is more nuanced and, especially over the past decade or so, Africa is in many ways coming into its own.

My particular affinity is with Rwanda, where I lived and worked for three years. As it happens, as I write, I am in the capital, Kigali, to run some training workshops. Fortunately for me, it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the country's liberation from genocide on July 4, 1994, which will allow me to join with friends to celebrate Rwanda's remarkable progress since then.

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Allow me to gently bombard you with some statistics that paint the picture.

Rwanda has managed growth of about 8 per cent year on year since 2001, with GDP set to grow by roughly that again in 2019. As a result, the national budget is less and less dependent on........

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