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Heritage Foundation: China’s Construction of Government Buildings in Africa Potentially Enhances Beijing’s Spying Capabilities

The conservative Heritage Foundation in the United States published a new report on Wednesday arguing that China's intelligence capabilities are potentially enhanced by Beijing's drive to construct government buildings across the continent. "Chinese companies have constructed or renovated ...

The Complicated Politics of Chinese Dam Construction in Guinea

The 450-megawatt Souapiti hydroelectric dam in Guinea is scheduled to begin operating this fall and will bring badly-needed electricity to one of Africa’s poorest countries. The dam is one of dozens of similar hydroelectric power ...

First Moody’s Now the IMF, Warnings About Kenya’s Debt Levels Are Starting to Pile Up

The International Monetary Fund raised Kenya’s risk of debt distress to high from moderate in a statement on Tuesday because of the costly impact of the worsening COVID-19 crisis. The IMF said that even though Kenya's debt load is still manageable, the ...

Moody’s Warns That Kenya’s High Borrowing Costs Could Prompt a Downgrade

The global credit rating agency Moody's is becoming increasingly concerned that Kenya will not be able to keep up with the payments on its comparatively expensive loan portfolio. Moody's adjusted Kenya's rating from B2 stable to B2 ...

Professor: Who Needs “Debt Traps” When China Can Just Buy African Assets on the Cheap?

University of Notre Dame China scholar, Professor Joshua Eisenman, used this month's $221 million equity infusion by the state-owned China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) into the Lekki Deep Sea Port Project currently under construction at the Lagos Free Trade Zone as another point of evidence as to why ...

Did Tanzania’s President Really Cancel the Bagamoyo Port Deal with China? Probably Not.

There's widespread speculation circulating that Tanzanian President John Magufuli canceled the controversial $10 billion Bagamoyo port deal with China Merchants Holding International (CMHI). The story surfaced last week after the little-known website "Nairobi Mini Bloggers" website published a post ...

The Future of Chinese Rail Financing in Africa

China famously lent billions of dollars to countries across Africa to build expensive, new railways. Nigeria, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya all used loans from Beijing to build new lines using a standard gauge (SGR) that will one day ...

David Ndii: “Coronavirus Will be the Final Nail in the Coffin of “Infrastructure-led Growth”

Economist David Ndii, one of Kenya's leading political economy thinkers, a popular columnist and a longtime critic of the government's policy of borrowing heavily from China to build infrastructure, conducted a fascinating hour-long interview with Kenyan philosopher Joseph Kabuthi ...

Eager to Resume Trade With China, Kenya Announces New Plan to Disinfect Imports

The Kenyan government announced new measures to ensure that imports from China and other countries will be disinfected to avoid infection from the COVID-19. Although scientists do not believe the virus can survive the duration and temperatures related to container shipping, the government's new strategy appears designed ...

From Ship to Rail to Air, Kenya’s Trade With China Slowing to a Halt

Chinese port activity increased in March in what many see as the first good news to come out of China's hobbled economy since the COVID-19 outbreak effectively shut down the economy last month. The container throughput at the eight of China's ...
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