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The UK Invests More in Africa Than Either the U.S. or China

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among the featured guests at Wednesday's online Africa Investment Conference organized by the UK Department for International Trade. The conference was a follow-up to last year's UK-Africa Investment Summit that took place in London. One ...

African Businesses in China: Meet Ghanaian Tech Entrepreneur Charles Cyril Nettey

Shanghai-based China-Africa watcher Heather Li published the second installment in her new video series that profiles young African entrepreneurs in China. In this episode, she introduces us to Charles Cyril Nettey from Ghana who founded the Africa Diaspora Innovation Group and runs an e-commerce start-up. ...

Safaricom’s Decision to Suspend Its Huawei-Powered 5G Network is Just a Business Story

It's going to be very tempting for a lot of people in Washington, D.C. to read the news that Kenya's leading telco, Safaricom, suspended the rollout of its new Huawei-powered 5G network as evidence that the company finally came to its senses about the dangers of using ...

How Transsion, Africa’s Top Mobile Phone Maker, Defied the Odds And Grew Its Market Share During the Pandemic

By China House Student Fellows Xu Wen Chong, 17, China, New York University, Liu Si Qi, 20, China, The University of Warwick and Zhang Qin Yuan Bo, 15 Transsion Holdings announced its third-quarter report on October 27 this year, showing that ...

African Diplomats in China Are Spending a Lot More Time These Days Talking About The Belt and Road Initiative

Ethiopia's ambassador to China, Teshome Tog Chanaka, shared his enthusiasm on Twitter Tuesday about his participation in the latest forum on how to integrate Africa into the Belt and Road. The event was organized by the Algerian embassy and the Taihe Institute, an international policy ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

Billions of New FDI Flowing Into West Africa. Where’s the Chinese Money Going?

$1.46 billion of new foreign direct investment made its way to Nigeria in the third quarter of 2020, according to new data from the National Bureau of Statistics, but very little is coming from China. In fact, China (ex Hong Kong) wasn't among the list ...

Chinese Private Sector Engagement in Africa is Going to be Much More Important in 2021 And Beyond

Over the past several weeks, Chinese officials have convened a series of high profile forums with key African stakeholders in what appears to be an effort to lay the groundwork for next year's triennial Forum on China Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) that is scheduled to take place ...

10,000+ Participate in China-Kenya Digital Trade Show, Say Organizers

Since the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, China has struggled to find new ways to conduct the B2B trade shows that have been so effective in the past at connecting Chinese and African merchants. Some of the online-only fairs that took place in the spring and early ...

It’s Getting a Lot Easier For African Shoppers to Buy Stuff on Alibaba and That Could Have a Huge Impact

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has been rather slow to enter the African market, focusing instead on other emerging markets like Southeast Asia where it's developing its Lazada brand. But now it appears that the Hangzhou-based company is ramping up its engagement on the continent with new ...

Chinese Tobacco Firm Helps Zimbabwe To Generate Much-Needed Foreign Income

In a single file, farm workers carry up to 25 kilogrammes of Virginia leaf tobacco on their shoulders.  Titus Gurupira (45), a farmer on a farm in Mvurwi, 100 km north of Harare, pleads with his workers to hurry with the picking ahead of the hectic marketing ...
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