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Two Opposing Views of the Controversial New $2.8 Billion Chinese-financed AKK Pipeline in Nigeria

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari launched production last week of a vast, new multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline that will cross almost the entire country. The 614-kilometer Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline is one of Nigeria's largest infrastructure projects to date and will ...

The Chinese Embassy in Abuja Blasts Nigerian COVID-19 Lawsuit as “Shoddy” and “Frivolous”

The Chinese embassy in Nigeria on Wednesday forcefully reasserted its objections to a $200 billion lawsuit against China for reparations for COVID-19 filed by a group of Nigerian lawyers in the High Court. "The attempt to file frivolous lawsuits is a shoddy one, as it has zero ...

Kenya’s Inability to Get Shippers to Use its New SGR Cargo Depot in Naivasha Raises Doubts About Debt Repayment

Only 14 cargo trains traveled on the new Mombasa-Naivasha standard gauge railway (SCR) line in June despite the government's order that all goods destined for Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan be cleared at the Naivasha inland container depot (ICD). The resistance ...

Kenya-China Debt Relief Talks Stall

Critical debt restructuring talks between China and Kenya have stalled over Nairobi's sudden decision to participate in the G20's debt service suspension initiative (DSSI) after all. Previously, the Kenyan government said it would not participate in the G20 program because it is too restrictive and prevents the ...

The Donkey: Africa’s Next Endangered Animal

When you think of endangered African animals threatened by poachers, donkeys typically do not come to mind. But the Nigerian government wants to change that by classifying the donkey as an animal that potentially faces "extinction" unless something is done soon.

Nigeria’s Future Railway Engineers Are Being Trained in China

While China's new railways in Africa are generating a lot of excitement there's also an equal amount of concern over who will maintain this new infrastructure once Chinese contractors handover the project to local stakeholders. In Nigeria, it's going to be ...

ICYMI: Video Now Available of CARI’s Latest Webinar “Risky Business: New Data on Chinese Loans and Africa’s Debt Problem”

In case you missed last week's webinar hosted by CARI Director Deborah Brautigam and Kevin Gallagher, director of Boston University's Global Policy Development Center, where they introduced the new interactive loan database and discussed the latest World Bank data about Africa's burgeoning debt crisis, ...

New Documentary Makes the Case for Kenya’s Embattled Standard Gauge Railway Cargo Lines

Supporters of Kenya's ailing Standard Gauge Railway produced a 20 minute-documentary that was broadcast on national TV this week in an attempt to persuade an increasingly skeptical public of the SGR's merits. The program was produced by ChamsMedia, ...

Buhari: China Reversing Nigeria’s Infrastructure Deficit

President Muhammadu Buhari lauded China's contributions to help Nigeria finance and build badly-needed infrastructure. "China's playing a great role in reversing Nigeria’s infrastructural deficit," he said in a statement following a farewell meeting on Tuesday with outgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhou Pingjian (photo).  ...

OPay’s Failure Prompts Reflection in Nigeria’s Tech Community

Last week's announcement by the Chinese-owned Nigerian-based e-commerce and payments company OPay to suspend four of its services (ORide, OTrade, OCar, OFood) caught a lot of people by surprise. After raising an impressive $170 million in a Series B funding round last fall from some ...
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