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Can China Help Build Africa’s Nascent Pharmaceutical Sector?

As COVID-19 continues its rampage across most of the planet, including in Africa, the vulnerabilities of Africa’s reliance on imported medical and pharmaceutical products are being exposed, and attention is increasingly focused on the need to strengthen local and regional manufacturing capabilities and supply chains.

COVID, International Cooperation, and China-Africa: What Next?

Compared to global COVID-19 hotspots such as Latin America, the United States, and India, African countries have – on average – fared relatively well thus far in the pandemic. However, cases are on the rise, with states such as South Africa and Egypt particularly badly hit, ...

Why Are Africans Worried About the Quality of Chinese-made COVID-19 Medical Supplies? And What to Do About It

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a wave of donations and exports of Chinese-made medical products around the world, including in Africa. And while in many cases these much-needed supplies were met with gratitude, in both social and traditional media in Africa, concerns were raised about the ...

Who’s Who in China’s COVID-19 Diplomacy?

The global COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a flurry of Chinese efforts to supply medical assistance around the world, including in Africa. In late March 2020, airports in Shanghai, Beijing, and other major Chinese cities turned from international business and tourism hubs to centers for the dispatch of ...

Ethiopia’s China-Inspired Agro-Processing Strategy

In August 2019 Melange Coffee Roasters, a family-owned Ethiopian coffee processing company inaugurated a new plant in Addis Ababa. With an investment of 1.37 million USD, the plant immediately began exporting processed, powdered packages of Ethiopia’s world-renowned coffee to China and South Africa. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Unpacking the Chinese Government’s New Development Vision

This weekend the Chinese government released a new white paper on development. It comes in unassuming guise – it’s basically a MS Word Doc with the workaday title of China’s International Development Cooperation in the New Era. But in its own way it’s eye-popping.If (like me) you have an irrational fetish for long lists of country names, this document is for you. The bulk of the white paper outlines the different kinds of ...

China-UK Development Cooperation in Africa After Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities

Editor's Note: Until recently, China's aid and development programs in Africa and elsewhere around the world were largely financed through the Ministry of Commerce. Then, in 2018, the government announced the creation of the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) with the ambition that it would eventually ...