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China, DRC Sign Three Agreements to Reduce Debt and Provide New Aid

Chinese ambassador to the DRC Zhu Jing and Foreign Affairs Minister Christophe Lutundula Apala posed for a ceremonial fist-bump at the Foreign Ministry in Kinshasa following the signing earlier this month of three new accords that will provide additional Chinese aid to the DRC while eliminating some of ...

Chinese Companies Looking to Improve Their Reputations in Africa Could Learn a Lot From What Huawei’s Doing in Kenya

Very few Chinese companies have been able to generate the kind of goodwill that Chinese telecom giant Huawei enjoys in Kenya and it’s not by chance. When it comes to local employment, the company spans a whole value chain from suppliers, technicians, charitable partners, educators, and academics ...

Now It’s Huawei That’s in Trouble in the DR Congo

Telecom giant Huawei is now the latest Chinese company to be embroiled in controversy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The company is to appear again in the Gombe Commercial Court in Kinshasa to settle a bitter feud regarding a 2018 judgment against ...

Chinese Mobile Phone Brands Lead Africa’s Mobile Phone Market Rebound

Chinese mobile phone brands led by Shenzhen-based Transsion hold firm to their places as the unrivaled market leaders in Africa's mobile phone market, according to second-quarter data from the technology research firm IDG: - 64% of all ...

Burkina Faso Launches New Huawei-Powered Smart City Initiative Using Loan From the China Exim Bank

The Burkina Faso government announced an ambitious new plan last week to build a 650-kilometer fiber-optic network that will connect all of the country's major cities to a new Huawei-powered Smart City platform.  Sensitive to the perception that the ...

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The Lives of African Youth Need to Be on the Climate Agenda in Glasgow

Our podcast conversation this week with the Kenyan economist Anzetse Were was a feast of insights. Among these was her point that there is a massive lag between financing for climate mitigation versus climate adaptation. The former refers to measures directly aimed at reducing future greenhouse gas emissions that further worsen global warming. The latter relates to how we’ll adapt our societies to deal with the emissions already in our atmosphere. These ...

Senegal Launches Digital Sovereignty Initiative With New Chinese-Backed Data Center

Senegal is following China's lead in pursuing a new "digital sovereignty" initiative that will require all government data and digital platforms on foreign servers to be stored in a new national data center. "We have to rapidly repatriate all national data hosted out of the country,” 

Why Huawei’s Much Ridiculed New OS Could Still Have a Big Impact in Africa

Huawei officially launched HarmonyOS this week, its new mobile operating system. The company was forced to build its own in-house OS after the Trump administration banned it from accessing key U.S. technologies including Alphabet's Android. ...

New CSIS Report Examines Huawei’s Burgeoning Cloud Services Business in Emerging Markets

While so much of the attention about Huawei's role in emerging markets like Africa focuses on the company's 5G technology, the reality is that the Chinese telco equipment giant is now expanding far beyond hardware, to offer a number of new services that are becoming increasingly popular ...

Be Wary of All Those “Hyperbolic” Reports Warning of the Dangers of Chinese Technology

The fear that China is going to export digital authoritarianism and repression to Africa is way overblown and oversimplified in Western media reports and think tank analysis cautions Iginio Gagliardone, a media scholar at Wits University in Johannesburg and one of the world's foremost scholars ...

Why You Should be Wary of the U.S.-China Narrative in the Ethio Telecom Auction Story

For years, U.S. officials have been trying to persuade African governments to abandon their reliance on Chinese-made telecom networking equipment from the likes of Huawei and ZTE. Finally, this weekend, they got their first win. Well, kind of, ...
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