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Africa’s Private Debt: What to do About Those Vulture Funds Circling Overhead?

It's been almost three months since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issued one of the first calls for emergency debt relief for Africa. Back in March, when the prime minister posted his appeal to the G20 on Twitter, COVID-19 had ...

Video: Chinese COVID-19 Aid and Medical Teams Are Becoming Increasingly Visible in Africa

The video team at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong assembled a short overview of the increasingly visible Chinese medical team deployments and COVID-19 donations across Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1pB2PcGzVs&feature=emb_title ...

After a Brief Lull, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian Announces a Raft of New COVID-19 Aid Programs for Africa

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced a significant increase in Chinese government-sponsored COVID-19 medical aid missions in Africa. Zhao revealed on Monday that medical teams and relief supplies will be sent to three African countries in the coming days and weeks:

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Moves to Calm Tensions With African Diplomats Over the Recent Crisis in Guangzhou

Diplomatic tensions between China and a number of African governments and institutions appear to have considerably following the crisis over the weekend in Guangzhou where African migrants and residents were forcibly removed from their homes and hotels. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang ...

DRC President’s Refusal to Wear Mask in Meeting With Chinese Ambassador Sparks Concern

China's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo met with President Félix Tshisekedi yesterday in Kinshasa and while they did maintain a proper distance from one another, the president's refusal to wear a mask prompted concern among Congolese Twitter users. ...

China Launches Massive Global COVID-19 Aid Campaign in Africa

Over the past several days China has rapidly escalated relief efforts in Africa and elsewhere around the world to help governments to contain the spread of COVID-19. Chinese state-run media outlets, official social media accounts and third-party media partners across Africa (see below) are flooded with stories ...

Amid Plunging Prices, Africa’s Commodity-backed Debts to China Become Perilous

Over the past 15 years, many African countries borrowed tens of billions of dollars from China to build badly-needed infrastructure. Short of cash, these countries instead leverage their natural resources to repay their debts. Ghanaian bauxite, Angolan oil, and Zambian copper, ...

How Can the International Community Help Africa to Combat Novel Coronavirus?

Africa is at risk of an outbreak of coronavirus, even if, so far, there are no confirmed cases of the virus. Several days ago, the World Health Organization declared that a coronavirus outbreak as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)”. Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of ...

Tanzania’s Drive to Become Regional Transport Hub Gets Boost From New SGR Deals With Burundi, DRC 

Tanzania Transport Minister Isack Kamwelwe signed agreements with both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi to link up their future Standard Gauge Railway lines to Tanzania's proposed SGR.  The 1,457km Tanzanian SGR line will connect inland East Africa from ...

China’s Cobalt Mining Giant in the DR Congo is in Trouble (Again)

The phone many of you are using to read this article and all those electric vehicles on the roads rely on cobalt, a strategically vital metal that comes from one of the saddest places on earth in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Most consumers have ...
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