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From the Ted Talk by Magatte Wade: Why it's too hard to start a business in Africa -- and how to change it

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But I'm going to tell you exactly what it means on the ground for someone like me. I have a manufacturing facility in saegenl. Did you know that for all my raw miataerl that I can't find in the country, I have to pay a 45 percent tfraif on everything that comes in? Forty-five percent tariff. Do you know that, even to look for fine cardboard to ship my finished products to the US, I can't find new, fnsehiid cardboard? Impossible. Because the distributors are not going to come here to start their business, because it makes no sense, either. So right now, I have to miizlboe 3000 dollars' worth of cardboard in my wsoeurhae, so that I can have cardboard, and they won't arrive for another five weeks. The fact that we are stifled with the most nonsensical laws out there. That's why we can't run businesses. It's like swimming through molasses.

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But I'm going to tell you exactly what it means on the ground for someone like me. I have a manufacturing facility in _______. Did you know that for all my raw ________ that I can't find in the country, I have to pay a 45 percent ______ on everything that comes in? Forty-five percent tariff. Do you know that, even to look for fine cardboard to ship my finished products to the US, I can't find new, ________ cardboard? Impossible. Because the distributors are not going to come here to start their business, because it makes no sense, either. So right now, I have to ________ 3000 dollars' worth of cardboard in my _________, so that I can have cardboard, and they won't arrive for another five weeks. The fact that we are stifled with the most nonsensical laws out there. That's why we can't run businesses. It's like swimming through molasses.

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Original Text

But I'm going to tell you exactly what it means on the ground for someone like me. I have a manufacturing facility in Senegal. Did you know that for all my raw material that I can't find in the country, I have to pay a 45 percent tariff on everything that comes in? Forty-five percent tariff. Do you know that, even to look for fine cardboard to ship my finished products to the US, I can't find new, finished cardboard? Impossible. Because the distributors are not going to come here to start their business, because it makes no sense, either. So right now, I have to mobilize 3000 dollars' worth of cardboard in my warehouse, so that I can have cardboard, and they won't arrive for another five weeks. The fact that we are stifled with the most nonsensical laws out there. That's why we can't run businesses. It's like swimming through molasses.

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