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Trudeau's African visit tilts at diplomatic windmills

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14.02.2020

There are good reasons for Canada’s prime minister to visit Africa.

African leaders are looking to change their relationships with Western democracies from being dependent on foreign aid to more mature trading partnerships.

The old-style paternalistic aspects of foreign aid are considered inappropriate for many countries in sub-Saharan Africa now emerging from Third World conditions. The region features some of the fastest growing economies in the world, in countries like Ethiopia, Rwanda and Ghana.

Those countries need everything, from raw materials to engineering to food, and Canada, which should be looking to diversify its trade, is well-positioned to supply them.

Those possibilities were well down on Justin Trudeau’s agenda as he visited........

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