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Kenya’s Public Debt Shot Up Last Year, But Not Because of China

Kenya's total public debt surged by more than $13 billion last year to a record $77 billion, largely due to a massive fall in the value of the shilling. The shilling shed 27% of its value against the dollar in 2023, ...

Africa’s Digital Sovereignty in the Era of U.S.-China Great Power Competition

In the increasingly acrimonious competition between the U.S. and China over technology standards, it's often assumed that smaller countries in places ...

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.

Chinese Demand for Kenyan Avocados Surged in 2023

Kenyan avocado exports to China jumped tenfold last year from 443 tons to 4,324 tons. But even with this booming demand from China, the European Union remains Kenya's largest export market for avocados. (BUSINESS DAILY)

WEEK IN REVIEW: Kenya to Overhaul China Policy & Chinese Infrastructure in the DRC

Kenya has a new envoy to China, Willy Bett, who formally presented his credentials to President Xi Jinping this week. Among Ambassador Bett's first tasks will be to follow up on Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Musalia Mudavadi's promise to craft ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

China’s Hunan Province Boosts Status as African Trade Hub

Trade between the African continent and the central Chinese province of Hunan grew to $7.79 billion in 2023. The increase solidifies Hunan’s status as a center of African agricultural trade. The province was integrated into regional transport networks, which positioned it as a fresh commodities hub.

3 Things Kenya’s Foreign Minister Should Focus On During 3-Day China Visit

Kenya's top diplomat Musalia Mudavadi kicked off a three-day official visit to China on Wednesday, where he will hold talks with Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other senior officials. The visit comes at a crucial time for ties between the two countries as ...

Sliding Currency Push Up Kenyan Payments for Chinese Railway

Kenyan tax payers will have to cough up $87 million more for a January repayment of a loan for the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) because of a depreciation on the value of the Kenyan shilling. According to the World Bank, 

The Africa-China 2023 Year in Review

2023 was a transformative year for China’s ties with Africa. Chinese investment, trade, and diplomatic engagement were either flat or declined sharply over the past year, highlighting how this once-vibrant relationship is now entering a new, more austere period.

Kenya Launches Construction on New Chinese Rail Project

Kenyan President William Ruto officially inaugurated construction on a new meter-gauge light rail line on Friday. The 12.5-kilometer project will connect with existing lines to link the Nairobi neighborhoods of Riruta and Ngong. It is being built by China Road and Bridge ...
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