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Uganda Scrambles to Find Investors For Stalled Industrial Park Project After Chinese Partners Drop Out

The fate of the Masaka Industrial Park in southwest Uganda is now in question after Chinese investors, including the provincial government of Sichuan, pulled out of the project. The Chinese side withdrew after they failed to persuade their Ugandan partners to structure the deal as a joint ...

More Than Half a Billion Doses of Chinese Vaccines Will be Manufactured Overseas Every Year

Chinese pharmaceutical companies have finalized production licensing agreements with seven countries around the world that will enable the production of just under 600 million COVID-19 vaccine doses every year, according to data from Bridge. Bridge notes that at ...

Algeria to Become Second African Country to Manufacture COVID-19 Vaccines

Algeria announced that it would become the second country in Africa to begin local manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines. Pharmaceutical Minister Lotfi Benbahmed said on Wednesday that the government will partner with Russia to begin production of the Sputnik V vaccine in September.

Egypt Poised to Become First Country in Africa to Manufacture Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines, Says Health Minister

Egypt will soon become the first country in Africa to locally manufacture a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine, according to Health Minister Hala Zayed (photo). The minister informed the Cabinet yesterday that a deal between Egyptian state-owned pharmaceutical company VASCERA and Sinovac has ...

Five Reasons Why Chinese Private Investment is Flowing Into Africa

Almost a decade, China passed the United States to become Africa's leading source of foreign direct investment. LSE Senior Visiting Fellow Shirley Ze Yu explains why Chinese companies are looking to Africa for new opportunities and how today's African market is reminiscent of what China ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

Q&A: Adding Value to Agricultural Exports to China Will be Key to Ethiopia’s Post-COVID Recovery

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is among the greatest challenges facing the global community today. While Ethiopia has had an overall successful response to the pandemic with a low rate of infections and deaths, the country has been negatively affected by global trends. According to the World ...

China and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area: What Role For Beijing?

The January launch of the AfCFTA has prompted considerable reflection in both China and Africa as to what role Beijing can play in this new free trade era and whether China's role will be harmful or helpful.  Predictably, Chinese commentators are ...

Will China Ever Look to Africa as a Manufacturing Destination?

"Made in China" once represented the lowest-cost manufacturing in the world. Not anymore. Labor costs have been steadily rising, environmental regulations are much stricter now, and, as of last year, Chinese products exported to the U.S. come with expensive tariffs.

Some Unsolicited Advice For the Incoming U.S. Secretary of State

Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken doesn't have a lot of time to put together a new agenda for U.S. foreign policy in the post-Donald Trump era. Assuming, he gets through the U.S. Senate confirmation process, which in his case is probably quite likely, he's got just a ...

A Pair of Chinese Provinces Move to Boost Ties With Kenya, Rwanda

One of the big misperceptions about China's economic engagement in Africa is that the central government in Beijing and its state-owned enterprises are the only Chinese actors on the continent. A pair of announcements this week highlight the large and growing role that Chinese provinces play in ...
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