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Ghana’s Risky $2 Billion ‘Roads for Resources’ Gamble with China

Ghana is moving forward with an environmentally-risky resources-for-infrastructure deal with the Chinese state-owned construction conglomerate Sinohydro. According to the agreement, Ghana will provide 5% of its bauxite reserves to Sinohydro in exchange for a $2 billion package of infrastructure that includes ...

Protesting Truck Drivers in Nairobi Link Government’s Order to Transport All Cargo on SGR With “China Colonization”

Kenyan truck drivers took to the streets yesterday to protest against the government's directive that requires all-cargo to be transported by the new Standard Gauge Railway. Contrary to some of the previous demonstrations, the truckers this time clearly linked the government's decision to Chinese influence, or "colonization" ...

China’s Role in Africa’s Rapidly Growing Space Market

African countries are not traditionally known for having strong space programs but now as the cost of launching satellites into orbit falls, that's starting to change and Africa is becoming one of the fastest-growing space markets in the world.

China and Ghana Agree to a Small Debt Write-Off and a Big Bauxite Deal

The Chinese and Ghanian governments have reached an agreement over a controversial $2 billion infrastructure-for-resources deal that conservationists worry could jeopardize the water supply for up to five million people and fragile ecosystems in the Atewa Forest Reserve. Also during her visit, Vice ...

Chinese Firm Dismisses Tanzania’s Claims on Stalled $10 Billion Port as “Not True”

China’s largest port operator accused the Tanzanian government of spreading “false information” and misguiding the public about the cause of stalled negotiations over the $10 billion Bagamoyo port development it is backing in the country. China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) has ...

Without the Chinese, Uganda is Going to Find Out if Anyone Else Wants to Loan Them Money to Refurbish a Railway

After failing to secure a $2.2 billion loan from the Chinese to build a new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to replace the country's decrepit century-old colonial-era railway, Uganda is now looking to secure funding for a much more modest refurbishment of its 1,266km system. ...

Tweet of the Day: While the U.S. Talks About Building Things in Africa… Here’s the Kind of Thing the Chinese Are Doing Right Now.

This Tweet from Harare, Zimbabwe should give U.S. officials pause about the effectiveness of all those warnings to African governments about becoming too dependent on Chinese aid, loans and trade. The $100 million new parliament building, all funded and built by the Chinese, is starting to take ...

As the US and France Try to Compete with China in Building African Infrastructure, Their Public-Private Financing Model is in Jeopardy

Both France and the United States have been vocal critics of China's state-led infrastructure development model in Africa and the accompanying loans for projects extended by Beijing's policy banks. Fearful that China is using loans to extend political influence along with the fact ...

Will China or the U.S. Build the New Mombasa-Nairobi Expressway? Confusion Swirls Amid Conflicting Headlines

The United States ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter, blasted a report in the Friday edition of the Kenya Star newspaper that claimed the "U.S. government had ditched" the planned Mombasa to Nairobi expressway project and that the Kenyan government was now looking to Chinese ...

Rwanda Partners with DP World, Alibaba and Zhejiang Province to Open New $35 Million Dry Port

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Dubai Ports World Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem officially inaugurated the Kigali Logistics Platform, Rwanda's largest inland cargo handling facility. The new dry port also hosts a 2,500-square meter bonded warehouse as part of the Rwanda Digital ...
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