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'For every corrupt African leader, there is a dozen corrupt business people' - Mo Ibrahim

'For every corrupt African leader, there is a dozen corrupt business people' - Mo Ibrahim

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Sudanese telecoms entrepreneur, philanthropist and billionaire, Mo Ibrahim, has slammed corruption in Africa during the Ibrahim Governance Forum held over the weekend in Marrakech, Morocco.

According to him, it will be important if international banks assist in bringing back looted public funds which are stashed away in international banks.

The event brought together prominent African political and business leaders, civil society as well as multinational and regional institutions.

For every corrupt African leader, there is a dozen corrupt business people. Are you guys talking about those corrupt business people?

“For every corrupt African leader, there is a dozen corrupt business people. Are you guys talking about those corrupt business people?

“You have introduced anti-corruption laws in France about 16, 17 years ago, how many cases of corruption were brought to the French court for corruption in Africa? Zero.”

For her part, the deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J Mohammed who was at the event said more remained to be done in the area of building stronger institutions across the continent.

“We have made many improvements, democracy has deepened in many countries, we see a response from governments, stronger institutions… It’s not enough, but it is moving in the right direction.

The coalition of individuals and organisations engaged on a frank dialogue and addressed the opportunities of the next decade for the African continent.

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