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China Stands Apart From Kenya’s Other Bilateral Creditors in Requiring Full Debt Repayment

While Japan, France, and Kenya's other major bilateral creditors are all giving Nairobi some breathing room during the ongoing pandemic in the form of reduced debt servicing payments, that is not the case with China. Last quarter, the Treasury transferred $266 million to Chinese creditors, mostly to ...

As the Nairobi Expressway Nears Completion, New Concerns That It Will be Just a “Road for the Rich”

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeHNA) is trying to reassure the capital's beleaguered motorists that the nightmare traffic congestion caused by construction of the 27-kilometer Nairobi Expressway will soon be over. KeHNA officials said this week that the work is now 70% complete and China ...

No One’s Really Sure What to Make of China’s FOCAC Financial Pledge

One of the key takeaways from the recent Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) conference that took place in Dakar last month is that, unlike previous FOCACs, there's very little consensus over whether the event signaled that China's backing away from Africa or deepening its commitment to the ...

UN Warns Supply Chain Disruptions Will Hit Consumers Hard Next Year, Especially in Developing Countries

With shipping containers in critically short supply, the cost of sending goods from China to South Africa has surged from $1,000 a container to $8,000. It's a similar story in Southeast Asia, where container prices have tripled to $3,000 each.

First Trucks Roll Off the Assembly Line at a New Chinese-Backed Assembly Facility in Uganda

Chinese and Ugandan officials were on hand Wednesday to watch the first truck manufactured by the Uganda Automotive Group (UAG) roll off the assembly at the Namanve Industrial Park in central Uganda. The new factory is a partnership between UAG and China's ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Hong Kong YouTuber Goes All the Way to South Africa to Find Out Why the $#*&^? Chinese People Moved There

Popular Hong Kong travel YouTuber Torres Pit托哥 recently went to Johannesburg to find out why so many Chinese people have chosen to live in South Africa.  What's interesting is how readily and openly Chinese merchants in Joburg's comparatively small Chinatown opened up ...