Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala


Nigerian Economist, Finance Minister of Nigeria, Candidate for World Bank President

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We're doing a lot about corruption... it takes a long time and we are doing the right measures. It took 20 years for the system under successive military governments to become so corrupt, so it will take time to bring it under control.

When you save the life of anyone, a farmer, a teacher, a mother, they are contributing productively into the economy.

[Africa] is a continent of many countries, not one country. If we are down to three or four conflicts, it means that there are plenty of opportunities to invest in stable, growing, exciting economies where there?s plenty of opportunity.

At home when people go to lawmakers and induce them with trips and gifts and so on to pass legislation, its called corruption. But in the U.S. it's actually a profession called lobbying!

I?m standing here saying that those who miss the boat now, will miss it forever. So if you want to be in Africa, think about investing.

If you really want to be in Africa, think about investing. Because those who miss the boat now will miss it forever.

I'm not of the school that says 'look this is colonialism' ... We should be open to whoever wants to invest and help us finance our needs.

One of the things I want everybody to collaborate on is to support women, to create jobs. And we know, studies have shown that when you put resources in the hands of a woman it results in healthier children, more for the household, more for the economy and all that. But at the margin, we also ? I want to push this, because the reason is the men automatically ? they get ? not automatically, but they tend to get more support. But I want you to realize that resources in the hands of African women is a powerful tool.

The best way to help Africans today is to help them to stand on their own feet. And the best way to do that is by helping create jobs.

They want more oil and gas ... we have something they want now and they have something we want, so you have grounds for negotiations.

This government is sworn to be a far departure from what we have hitherto understood governance to be. We are committed to engaging the good people of Nigeria through various platforms and we are ready to listen to and act on your pertinent propositions.

Today the attention of the world's policy makers is focused on the sub-prime woes, and the financial crises. But the real crisis is that of hunger and malnutrition; this is the real problem.

Today, the European Union is busy transferring aid. If they can build infrastructure in Spain, roads, highways ? why do they refuse to use the same aid to build the same infrastructure in our countries?

We know that China fuelled its growth by really keeping one step ahead in terms of infrastructure ... we need roads, we need power, we need help on aviation, agriculture - VOANEWS, 04-Jul-13

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Nigerian Economist, Finance Minister of Nigeria, Candidate for World Bank President