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African Union Donkey Skin Trade Ban Laudable but Doubt, Pessimism Cloud Implementation

By 2020, the global donkey population stood at 53 million, two-thirds in Africa. Using the estimated human population in Africa, simple math shows that one donkey serves at least 37 people, making it a critical resource for the continent’s economy.

Investor Promoting Chinese-Engineered ‘Magic Grass’ in Kenya

A plantation of Juncao contributes to air purification and reduces soil degradation. The waste products from Juncao are useful including the dry leaves which are converted into briquettes to replace firewood.

China @ COP28: Victim or Villain?

This year's COP28 gathering is wrapping up in Dubai and it turned out to be the most controversial climate conference in years where China was at the center of many of the most contentious discussions on how to mitigate the impact ...

Chinese Technology Paves the Way for Affordable Electric Vehicles in Kenya

The HK-EV car is retailing for $5,000 and the only upgrade will be a solar panel that can be glued to the roof of the car instead of the current one which is bulky and causes some drag while driving.

How COP28 Could Benefit From an Indonesia-China Bloc

The world's foremost governmental climate summit kicks off next week, in what is wrapping up to be the hottest year on record. The 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or Conference of the Parties (COP28), opens on November 30 in Dubai. ...

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 ...

China-Backed AIIB Admits Three New Members, Announces New Climate Finance Initiative

The Chinese-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank wrapped up its two-day annual meeting in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh on Tuesday and announced that three new members, all non-Asian, would be admitted to the bank. With the addition of ...

West’s Delays in Financing Indonesia’s Just Energy Transition Provides New Opening for China

Indonesia decided last month to delay launching an investment plan for the $20 billion Western-sponsored climate funding, known as the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP). This delay shows us several things. First, the problematic nature of how our leaders are handling the issue of energy transition, and ...

China’s Invisibility at the Africa Climate Summit and the Disappointing “Western Agenda” Nairobi Declaration

Economic issues back home and the recent BRICS summit in South Africa possibly contributed to China’s largely subdued presence at the inaugural Africa Climate Summit (ACS) in Nairobi this week. Kevin Gallagher, director of the Global Development Policy Center at Boston ...

Why Boosting Africa-Southeast Asian Trade & Investment Makes So Much Sense

There's been a surge of activity in Africa-ASEAN relations in recent weeks highlighted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo's recent African tour and the Singapore-Africa Business Forum that took place earlier this month in the Lion City. Closer trade and investment ties ...

Africa Climate Summit Ends With Anger at Western Dominance, Near No-Show from China

The African Climate Summit wrapped up on Wednesday with the adoption of the Nairobi Declaration. It calls for:  Reforms of the international financing system to lower the cost of climate financing for poor countries via more concessional lending and targeted ...
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