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Kenyatta Aims to Diversify Infrastructure Finance and Development Away From Dependence on China

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta returned on Saturday from a four-day trip to France loaded with $165 million (Sh17.91 billion) of new concessional loans, grants, and various other financing agreements for health and infrastructure development initiatives. The president signed ...

“Unlocking the Black Box” of Chinese Development Aid: A View From France

Chinese overseas development aid and finance remains something of a mystery to many outside observers. The opacity of the Chinese system, combined with large language and cultural differences often lead international stakeholders to complain that it's difficult to distinguish between Chinese aid, concessional financing, and market-based lending/investments. ...

Finding New Ways to Finance African Infrastructure

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta looked like he had a great time in France last week. After all, the weather in Paris this time of year is absolutely lovely and this being his first trip out of the country since the COVID-19 outbreak, he was able to get ...

How the World’s Great Powers Are Exacerbating the Security Crisis in the Sahel

Russia-MENA analyst and Oxford University PhD candidate Samuel Ramani argues in a compelling new article in Foreign Policy that a combination of narrow political agendas, unilateral actions and a bias towards supporting authoritarian governments by France, the U.S., Russia and China are all contributing to ...

China Now the Top Destination for African Students, Says New Report

China is surging ahead of France, the United States and the United Kingdom to become the top destination for African students seeking to study abroad, according to new data from the Beijing-based consultancy Development Reimagined (DR). While Europe as ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

It’s Not All Gloomy

The last few weeks have been marked by a pervasive gloominess about Africa’s future. 

As Zambia was defaulting on its Eurobond debt, the G20 was praising itself effusively for coming up with a debt response unlikely to help anyone. Meanwhile, the depressing talking points kept coming: a lost decade, 25 years of growth down the drain, millions pushed back into extreme poverty. 

These are all realities. However, they might not show the entire ...

Do People Give the Chinese a Pass in Africa Because They Hate the French Even More, Wonders Right-Wing French Legislator

Julie Lechanteux, a conservative French MP in the European Union parliament and a member of Marine Le Pen's right-wing Rassemblement National party, channeled the growing unease across wide swathes of French society about the country's declining influence in Africa and the rise of China on ...

Paris Club Chief Says She’s Confident China Will Join International Debt Relief Effort for Developing Countries

The Chair of the Paris Club of wealthy donor states, Odile Renaud-Basso, is increasingly confident that China will join the broader international effort to provide debt relief to countries facing high levels of economic distress. In Africa, China has an ...

France Announces Plans to Host Africa Summit in 2020

France's ambassador to South Africa, Aurelien Lechevallier, unveiled plans for a new France-Africa Summit that will take place next year in South Africa. He added that president Emmanuel Macron will come to South Africa for the event, which is scheduled for next June. 

France Hopes a Focus on Small Business Will Help it Gain an Advantage Over China in Africa

The French government has urged business leaders and investors at a key summit last week to be bold about investing in Africa. Paris is banking on the potential of small to medium enterprises (SME) to catch up in the race with China. But investors are reluctant to ...

As the US and France Try to Compete with China in Building African Infrastructure, Their Public-Private Financing Model is in Jeopardy

Both France and the United States have been vocal critics of China's state-led infrastructure development model in Africa and the accompanying loans for projects extended by Beijing's policy banks. Fearful that China is using loans to extend political influence along with the fact ...
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