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Chinese Contractor Adopts Manufactured Sand in Quest for Alternative to Natural Sand

The presence of Chinese construction companies in Kenya is evident from the big projects they are handling; from roads to office complexes to shopping malls. The current government’s flagship transport project, the Standard Gauge Railway, which replaces the century-old lunatic express from the coastal city of Mombasa ...

Buying a Train Ticket on Ethiopia’s New SGR Is Not as Easy You Might Imagine

Journalist Ismail Einashe tried to buy a ticket on the new Chinese-funded/built standard gauge railway (SGR) in Ethiopia to travel from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa. In nearby Kenya, buying on their SGR is a pretty straightforward transaction, as it should be. Not in Ethiopia, though, according ...

Podcast Transcript: What Lessons Can Africa Draw From China in Urban Transportation?

ERIC: Hello and welcome to another edition of the China in Africa podcast. I'm Eric Olander and as always I'm joined by Cobus Van Staden, a senior  China-Africa researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, South Africa. ...

What Lessons Can Africa Draw From China in Urban Transportation?

Africa is urbanizing faster than any region in the world. Today, an estimated 472 million Africans live in cities and that number is expected to double over the next 25 years, according to research by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. That ...

Chinese Money for African Infrastructure Likely to Top FOCAC Agenda

There is a lot on the agenda for the upcoming 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit that will convene in Beijing on September 3. Leaders from 50 African states will be in town to discuss everything from enhanced Sino-African military ties, ...

China's Undeserved Reputation for Building Bad Infrastructure in Africa

The Chinese build more infrastructure in Africa than any other country (foreign or African). Chinese banks are financing billions of dollars in new loans, aid packages and other deals to build badly-needed infrastructure across the continent and it's Chinese companies ...

China, Africa and the PRC's Massive New Development Bank

  57 countries including two from Africa, are among the founding members of China's new development bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). While the new bank's primary objective will be develop infrastructure projects in Asia, as its name suggests, there is widespread anticipation ...

Cameroon Highlights Pros & Cons of Chinese Infrastructure

  When finished, the new deep-sea port in the southern Cameroonian city of Kribi will likely become a major gateway for all Central Africa. This will be Cameroon's only deep-sea port that can accommodate the larger inter-continental trading ships. This might explain why officials ...

China's Mystery Deal with the African Union

It's not really news anymore when China announces yet another massive infrastructure construction deal in Africa. Typically these deals are done at the national level so when Beijing and the African Union signed a major transport infrastructure MOU in late January it did raise ...

Mali's $11 billion Chinese Gamble

Mali appears to be engaged in a risky diplomatic face-off with China over a proposed $11 billion rail project. While Chinese officials have refused to publicly commit to the project, Malian leaders say the two mine-to-coast rail contracts have actually been finalized. Other African ...
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