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Vol 51 No 12

Published 11th June 2010

Bringing in the money

The continent may have escaped the worst of the world recession and its big multilateral lender is getting ready for more growth

The mini-power cut that plunged the elegant plenary hall of the Hôtel Ivoire into darkness was met by consternation and a few knowing chuckles. It came just before the arrival of the dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the African Development Bank (AfDB)meeting in Abidjan on 27-28 May and illuminated the challenges to Africa’s tired and inadequate infrastructure. The speedy return of power and light, to resounding cheers, was another kind of symbol.

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