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Debt Relief for World’s Poorest Countries Barely Mentioned at G20 Summit in Rome

Leaders from the world's wealthiest countries meeting in Rome over the weekend covered a lot of ground on everything from finalizing an agreement on a global minimum corporate tax to new climate-related commitments. But for a ...

Uganda’s Finance Minister Grilled by Parliament Over Chinese Airport Construction Loan, Apologized for Oversights

Uganda's Finance Minister Matia Kasaija apologized to parliament last week for the mishandling of the $207 million loan from the China Exim Bank to expand Entebbe International Airport. "I apologize that we shouldn't have accepted some of the clauses," 

Kenya’s Transport Minister Tours Almost-Finished Chinese-Built Nairobi Expressway, Promises Traffic Relief by Christmas

Kenya's Transportation Cabinet Secretary James Macharia led journalists on a tour of the nearly-completed Nairobi Expressway, one day after a small section of the road opened to motorists for the first time. Macharia said ...

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Wants to Integrate the Port of Mombasa Into Overland Trade Routes in Asia

China's ambassador to Kenya, Zhou Pingjian, met on Friday with leaders from the Kenya Port Authority (KPA) to discuss further integration of the Port of Mombasa with the Belt and Road, specifically linking the port to the Gwadar Port in Pakistan that is at the center of ...

Biden-Tshisekedi Meet on Sidelines of G20

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi met one-on-one with his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, on Friday in the run-up to the G20 summit that took place over the weekend in Rome.  There's been a lot of interest in recent months 

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Japan-Kenya Loan Deal Shifts Chinese Influence

Japan will reportedly provide about $107 million in bilateral loans to Kenya for port, water, and electricity infrastructure, to be implemented from next week. The deal signals a stronger role for Japan as an external partner to the continent amid G7 anxieties about China’s influence.
The loans will be used to upgrade key infrastructure in Kenya:

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Why Some of the Most Interesting Discussions Surrounding FOCAC Won’t be in the Conference Hall

Anticipation is growing about the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference that is expected to take place at the end of the month in Dakar. While we still don't know what will be on the agenda, the official meeting of ministers is only a part of the ...

Rare Bike Collectors Take Note… South Sudan’s Got a Lot of Classics on the Streets

If you love classic Chinese bikes then you'll want to spend some time on the streets of South Sudan, where bikes like the Phoenix are apparently quite popular. The Phoenix, like the once immensely popular Flying Pigeon ...