November 28, 2006

THOUGH JONATHAN CHAIT THINKS THEY SHOULD BE RULED BY GENOCIDAL TOTALITARIANS INSTEAD... (via Mike Daley):

Rwanda Redux (Mauro De Lorenzo, November 21, 2006, American)

A decade after the genocide, Rwanda, with help from two Chicago financiers, has been spreading the idea that it’s a good place to do business, not just a place for do-gooders to come help. Now, it’s the most improved country in Africa. [...]

[F]or those in the know, Rwanda is hot. After fighting two wars in neighboring Congo, resettling more than a million refugees, and designing a system of justice for several hundred thousand imprisoned genocide suspects, Rwanda’s leaders are now turning their energy to making the country hospitable to business. Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, a charismatic former guerrilla leader who earned a diploma in business studies by correspondence after he took office (his exams were proctored by the British ambassador), has a vision of Rwanda as a service economy integrated into the global marketplace through information technology—a sort of Dubai in the highlands of Central Africa.

This year, the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom recognized Rwanda as the most improved country in Africa over the past ten years (and seventh most improved in the world) in terms of economic freedom. The World Bank’s annual Doing Business survey, which measures regulation around the world, notes Rwanda’s impressive gains in contract enforcement, tax administration, and ease of starting a business.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 28, 2006 12:00 AM
Comments

"Most improved" country.

Try that line on an old youth sports coach and see if you don't get a coffee-spewing moment

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 28, 2006 3:41 AM

Rwanda -- newest candidate for membership in the Anglopshere. Welcome.

Posted by: erp at November 28, 2006 9:49 AM

People like Chait don't give a [expletive deleted] about what the ruling thugs do to their own people as long he isn't being ruled by them, and as long as the tourist resorts are run moderately well and easily accessible.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 28, 2006 11:13 AM
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