From the International Herald Tribune:
There is much to be gleaned from the contrast here. Chinese people today look at Africa and see opportunity, promise and a fertile field upon which their energies, mercantile and otherwise, can be given full play. Too often, the West looks at Africa and sees a problematic pupil, a sickly patient, and a zone of pestilence, where failure looms in the air like a curse.
This is exactly what I’m talking about with the eBay push into Africa and other high risk, high opportunity regions. This is exactly why Mwenda and Bono were hashing it out at TEDGlobal. It’s a mindset difference, and if the West doesn’t watch out, it will lose the African market.