MISTRUST between the private sector and governments in Africa is one of the biggest impediments to the delivery of infrastructure, the CEO of a South African multinational company says.This issue has dogged African development for many years — suspicion and even animosity between the two "sides", whose strategic collaboration is critical to delivering better lives for Africans.At various pan-African events I have attended in the past few weeks, the private sector, when mentioned at all, has been characterised largely as "the enemy".Talk about development in organisations such as the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) tend to place the state at the centre of everything. The private sector is viewed as an unreliable adjunct, focused on exploiting Africans rather than providing any benefits to people or the state.Although the mistrust issue has been around for a long time, it has been given new impetus in the corridors of continental power by the findings of th...

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