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Can China Help Build Africa’s Nascent Pharmaceutical Sector?

As COVID-19 continues its rampage across most of the planet, including in Africa, the vulnerabilities of Africa’s reliance on imported medical and pharmaceutical products are being exposed, and attention is increasingly focused on the need to strengthen local and regional manufacturing capabilities and supply chains.

U.S., Europe Becoming Increasingly Worried Over China’s Dominance of the World’s Cobalt Supply Chain

With ties between China and the U.S. and Europe becoming increasingly strained, there's growing concern in Washington, Brussels, and other European capitals about China's dominance over the supply for strategically vital metals and minerals, especially cobalt. Cobalt is widely used in ...

There’s Growing Excitement That a New Ugandan-Chinese Smartphone Will Help to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Bloomberg's Quick Take team showcased the new G507 smartphone made by the Chinese company SIMI and manufactured locally in Uganda. The phone comes equipped with a body temperature scanner that the company claims is similar to those temperature guns that have become a widespread tool to detect ...

Morocco, Tunisia Vie to Become the “New China in Africa”

For years, European companies, like others, have been steadily moving their production from China to lower-cost, less complicated manufacturing hubs in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world. The massive disruption to global supply chains brought about due to the COVID-19 outbreak has only accelerated that ...

COVID-19 Crisis Sparks New Drive in Africa to Reduce Dependency on Chinese Imports and Boost Local Manufacturing

The disruption to global trade due to the COVID-19 outbreak and high levels of dependency on imported Chinese goods are prompting policymakers in a growing number of African countries to develop new initiatives that aim to boost local manufacturing. Uganda Wants ...

African Calls to Onshore Manufacturing From China Grow Louder but Investors Urge Caution

During a recent speech where he unveiled an R800 billion rescue package to combat the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni also laid out an ambitious vision for what he would like to see once the current crisis ...

Rebound in Chinese Manufacturing Provides a Small, Badly Needed Boost to African Oil Prices

New data confirming that China's manufacturing sector is slowly coming back to life helped to give a badly needed boost to African commodity and currency prices on Tuesday.  China's Purchasing Managers Index, a key metric that measures factory activity, jumped to ...

Ethiopia’s China-Inspired Agro-Processing Strategy

In August 2019 Melange Coffee Roasters, a family-owned Ethiopian coffee processing company inaugurated a new plant in Addis Ababa. With an investment of 1.37 million USD, the plant immediately began exporting processed, powdered packages of Ethiopia’s world-renowned coffee to China and South Africa. ...

Africans May Dislike Their Dependence on Imported Chinese Goods, But There Isn’t Much They Can Do About It

With a majority of China's ports and factories still offline due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, African businesses are starting to run very low on supplies of products sourced in China, prompting discussions about where they will be able to find new, reliable yet equally affordable suppliers. ...

Without South African Chrome, There Can Be No Chinese Stainless Steel

Coming off the N4 motorway near the small town of Marikana in South Africa’s platinum landscape, one almost immediately encounters the huge Tharisa Minerals mining operation. This gigantic open cast mine was started in 2009 for the production of chromium concentrate and platinum group metals (PGM) and ...
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