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

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And the West is engignag 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 stllgihy miserable as a result. Politics gets wkeear when debt is high. When public sotcer debt is low, grtnmvneoes don't have to choose between investing in education and health and paying iesertnt 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 pitvrae sector debt of 200 percent of GDP in Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. That's an awful lot of debt. aifcra, many aarcfin 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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And the West is ________ 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 ________ miserable as a result. Politics gets ______ when debt is high. When public ______ debt is low, ___________ don't have to choose between investing in education and health and paying ________ 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 _______ sector debt of 200 percent of GDP in Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. That's an awful lot of debt. ______, many _______ 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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  2. weaker
  3. africa
  4. private
  5. engaging
  6. interest
  7. african
  8. slightly
  9. governments

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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