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Vol 1 (AAC) No 8

Published 1st June 2008

The wealthy autocratic model

The city-state releases Africa's potential with skillful aid and trade

An island at the heart of Southeast Asia and a landlocked state in the heart of Africa are an unlikely couple. Singapore has skyscrapers and strict discipline, Rwanda has its green mille collines and another zealous anti-corruption drive. Singapore's geography made it a global trader. After Rwandan President Paul Kagame's stopover there on the way to the Japan-Africa conference in Yokohama at the end of May, Kigali's The New Times asked: 'If the Singaporeans made it, why not us?'

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