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How Somalia Plans To Be Heard at the Upcoming China-Africa Mega Summit

More than 50 African leaders are expected to be in Beijing in September for the upcoming Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit. While Africa’s largest and most strategically important countries will likely do very well, receiving huge financial packages, aid programs and more, smaller countries will have to fight for everything they get. In this episode, Eric & Cobus speak with Dr. Hodan Osman Abdi, an advisor in China to Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, on how she plans to ensure that Somalia’s voice is heard at FOCAC.

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About Dr. Hodan Osman Abdi:

Dr. Hodan Osman Abdi is a research fellow with the Institute of African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University, where she is also the Executive Director of the Center for East African studies. She received a Ph.D. in Communication studies from Zhejiang University and has since then published several journal articles and translated books. She is also the co-director of the award-winning documentary film “Africans in Yiwu”, a six-episode documentary film describing the lives of the African community in one of China’s most popular business hubs. Recently, Dr. Hodan was appointed as a Senior Adviser to the President of the Federal Government of Somalia to advise on policies and strategies to promote Somalia-China Investment and Economic relations.

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