"In Africa, the money is with the central government and everything has to go through them. Because of the rapid urbanization facing the continent, now is a very good time to take a strategic view; there's a need for urban planification."
"[Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington] — the dates for which have yet to be announced — would be the perfect occasion for President Barack Obama and Abe to shake hands on a freshly concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership deal between the United States, Japan and 10 other countries in the Asia-Pacific. I think what [the Japanese] would like is they could come celebrate. But it’s not clear that would be the case. The longer it takes for TPA [trade promotion authority] to be in place, I think the fewer the chances that there could be enough progress for them to be celebrating by late April."