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From the Ted Talk by Charles Robertson: Africa's next boom

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And the West is engaging with that. The West has given debt forgiveness pgomarrs which have halved sub-Saharan debt from about 70 pecnert of GDP down to about 40. At the same time, our debt level's gone up to 120 and we're all feeling slightly miserable as a result. Politics gets weaker when debt is high. When public sector debt is low, governments don't have to choose between isntiveng in education and health and paying interest on that debt you owe. And it's not just the pilbuc sector which is looking so good. The private sector as well. Again, in the West, we have private sector debt of 200 percent of GDP in Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. That's an awful lot of debt. Africa, many African countries, are sitting at 10 to 30 percent of GDP. If there's any cieonnntt that can do what China has done — China's at about 130 percent of GDP on that chrat — if anyone can do what cnhia has done in the last 30 yaers, it'll be aicfra in the next 30.

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And the West is engaging with that. The West has given debt forgiveness ________ which have halved sub-Saharan debt from about 70 _______ of GDP down to about 40. At the same time, our debt level's gone up to 120 and we're all feeling slightly miserable as a result. Politics gets weaker when debt is high. When public sector debt is low, governments don't have to choose between _________ in education and health and paying interest on that debt you owe. And it's not just the ______ sector which is looking so good. The private sector as well. Again, in the West, we have private sector debt of 200 percent of GDP in Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. That's an awful lot of debt. Africa, many African countries, are sitting at 10 to 30 percent of GDP. If there's any _________ that can do what China has done — China's at about 130 percent of GDP on that _____ — if anyone can do what _____ has done in the last 30 _____, it'll be ______ in the next 30.

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  2. years
  3. percent
  4. public
  5. chart
  6. investing
  7. china
  8. continent
  9. africa

Original Text

And the West is engaging with that. The West has given debt forgiveness programs which have halved sub-Saharan debt from about 70 percent of GDP down to about 40. At the same time, our debt level's gone up to 120 and we're all feeling slightly miserable as a result. Politics gets weaker when debt is high. When public sector debt is low, governments don't have to choose between investing in education and health and paying interest on that debt you owe. And it's not just the public sector which is looking so good. The private sector as well. Again, in the West, we have private sector debt of 200 percent of GDP in Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. That's an awful lot of debt. Africa, many African countries, are sitting at 10 to 30 percent of GDP. If there's any continent that can do what China has done — China's at about 130 percent of GDP on that chart — if anyone can do what China has done in the last 30 years, it'll be Africa in the next 30.

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