chapter  6
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What About the Government?

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 chal-

lenge,” 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 prob-

lem. That they can rely on rule of law is another problem, and that

there’s some way for them to deal with the risk of political instability

is a third.”