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Kenya’s ICT Minister is Now The Third High-Ranking Official to Defend the Government’s Refusal to Publicize SGR Contract

Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Informations, Communications Technology Joe Mucheru spent almost an hour on Spice FM's national radio and television morning broadcast on Wednesday touting the accomplishments of President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration in promoting transparency in government. Mucheru strenuously pushed back ...

Uganda Should Borrow Less, Says President

President Yoweri Museveni wants to stop borrowing and would rather finance his government through increased trade and domestic economic activity, according to comments he made this week in an interview with Reuters. "Uganda can do much better without borrowing in my ...

Detection of Omicron in Chinese Port Cities Sparks Fears of Supply Chain Disruptions in Africa

The recent detections of the highly contagious Omicron variant in several of China's largest port cities is prompting renewed concerns among African traders of potentially painful supply chain disruptions. Although only a few people have been ...

Amid New Reports of Violence Against Chinese Nationals in the DR Congo, Embassy Gathers Business Leaders to Discuss How to Respond

Chinese Ambassador Zhu Jing hosting business leaders to discuss the worsening security situation in the DR Congo. Image via the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The worsening security situation ...

All Smiles as DR Congo’s Ambassador to China Visits Mining Giant’s HQ in Beijing

The DR Congo's ambassador to China, François Nkuna Balumuene, made a courtesy call visit last week to the headquarters of China Nonferrous Metal Mining Group (CNMC) Deziwa, the state-owned mining giant that runs huge copper and cobalt operations in the DRC. Balumuene ...

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Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

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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.

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An Exchange Between British Lawmakers Highlights How Bad Information About China Makes Its Way Into the Foreign Policymaking Process

A virtual meeting of the House of Lords International Relations and Defense Committee in London on Wednesday revealed the extent to which faulty information about China's engagement in Africa has become embedded in the UK's foreign policy process. In a brief ...

How This One Tweet Conveys Three Important China-Africa Trends

A Tweet on Wednesday by China's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, about yet another ground-breaking ceremony for a new school in Africa, this time in Ivory Coast, may seem mundane but it actually communicates three important trends in Africa-China relations: