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Africa’s Strategic Mineral Deposits Now at the Center of an Increasingly Fraught Great Power Competition

Iron ore, tantalum, cobalt, coltan, and a handful of other strategically important minerals and elements are at the center of an increasingly heated battle for the control of global supply chains among the world's largest economies. Leaders in Europe and the ...

Lots of Great China-Africa Webinars Scheduled for October

Although we may be a bit fatigued from all the Zoom calls and webinars that now fill our calendars every week, try not to miss some of the China-Africa themed events over the next few weeks. This week, Quartz Africa Editor ...

The U.S. Thinks It Has a Chance to Take on China’s Powerful Policy Banks

Conservative Republicans in the United States had long wanted to cut funding for the U.S. Export-Import Bank, calling it government-subsidized "corporate welfare." But as they're becoming more concerned about competition from China, many of those same Republicans are changing their tune and persuading ...

Development Finance and Chinese Identity

The women-focused China podcast NüVoices this week features an interview with Yunan Chen, a senior research officer at the London-based think tank Overseas Development Institute where she is one of the world's leading analysts on Chinese development finance in Africa.

World Bank Chief Renews Criticism of China and Private Creditors For Not Doing Enough on Debt Relief

In a candid interview on Monday with the German state-owned television network Deutsche Welle, World Bank President David Malpass renewed his criticism of China and private creditors for not doing enough to help ease the debt burdens of the world's poorest countries and also for not being ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

StarTimes and DSTV Battle For Audiences in Africa’s Intensely Competitive Pay TV Market

One of the revealing aspects of Africa's pandemic-related downturn is that, while it's causing financial chaos across the continent this doesn't seem to be slowing the outside interest in certain African consumer sectors. Take TV, for example. For a long time, ...