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China’s Ambassador to Ghana Celebrates Burgeoning Trade Ties but Also Reveals a Key Problem

Chinese diplomats across Africa have been unusually visible in recent days as part of an effort to raise awareness about what will likely be the world's largest birthday party later this week (October 1) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern Chinese state ...

Chinese Company Bids to Buy One of East Africa’s Largest Cement Companies

Chinese building materials manufacturer Huaxin Cement Company is bidding to buy ARM Cement’s Tanzania subsidiary, Maweni Limestone Ltd., for $116 million, according to a report in Construction Kenya. The deal, still subject to regulatory approval, highlights a key trend ...

Sinohydro Stops Work on Zambia Hydroelectric Dam

Citing "difficulties beyond its control" (translation: they haven't been paid), China’s state-owned Sinohydro has stopped work building the 750mw Kafue Gorge hydroelectric dam in Zambia, dealing a major blow for the country's drive for energy self-sufficiency and the livelihoods of thousands of workers on the project.

The Kenyan Government is Forcing Transport Companies to Use the SGR

Cargo Transporters in Kenya oppose move by the government making it compulsory for cargo transported by the SGR #KTNBusiness #KTNBusinessToday pic.twitter.com/eHlSEaDf9K — ktn (@KTNKenya) September 23, 2019

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 ...
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