Rwanda President Lauds China’s Role in Africa, Slams West

Rwandan President Paul Kagame praised China for its development assistance, while criticizing Western industrialized nations for their investment approach. From AFP:

“The Chinese bring what Africa needs: investment and money for governments and companies. China is investing in infrastructure and building roads,” said Kagame in an interview with German daily Handelsblatt to appear on Monday.

In contrast, the West’s involvement “has not brought Africa forward,” the president was quoted as saying.

“Western firms have to a large extent polluted Africa and they are still doing it. Think of the dumping of nuclear waste in the Ivory Coast or the fact that Somalia is being used as a rubbish bin by European firms,” he added.

From BBC:

Although received substantial international aid in the wake of the 1994 genocide, which left more than 800,000 dead, Mr Kagame told Handelsblatt that relations based more on trade than aid were now the most useful to Africa.

“I would prefer the Western world to invest in Africa rather than handing out development aid,” he said.

“There is a need for help – but it should be implemented in such a way as to enable trade and build up companies.”

The Rwandan leader also said that high trade tariffs prevented African producers from gaining equitable access to global markets.

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