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New Documents Unveiled in Kenya’s Court of Appeals Puroportedly Reveal Massive SGR Over-Spending

New documents have emerged that reportedly reveal widespread corruption and over-spending in the building of the Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya. These documents are part of the ongoing case in front of Kenya's Court of Appeals in a suit against the government led activist Okiya ...

Kenya Looks Beyond China for New Sources of Development Finance

Since the new year, Kenya has taken some rather bold steps to reduce its borrowing costs and ensure that new loans are "fairly priced." The Treasury is seeking to refinance large portions of its current debt that's priced at commercial rates into more affordable concessionary loans. Separately, ...

2020 Will be a Big Year in the China-Africa Tech Sector

China's role in the African tech market is rapidly evolving away from just being a source of low-cost electronics to becoming the indispensable player in the continent's rapidly developing market for digital services, networking equipment and venture capital financing.

Report: Africa Emerges as a Key Battleground in China’s Global “Propaganda War” 

The U.S. government-funded human rights and free speech organization Freedom House published a scathing report Wednesday about China's stepped-up efforts to influence media at home and abroad, particularly in developing regions like Africa. “Beijing has a large toolbox ...

While Skepticism of China’s Global Media Expansion Runs High in the U.S., in Kenya Opinions are More Varied

Kenya is the epicenter of China's media presence in Africa, with Nairobi hosting the regional headquarters of CGTN and an expanded presence by the state-run news service Xinhua. Also, Kenya is one of the largest markets for Chinese-owned private sector media and technology companies like the pay-TV ...

Donkey Populations in Kenya and Ghana Are on Track to Be “Devastated” Due to Chinese Demand for Hides

The Washington Post's West Africa correspondent Danielle Paquette and Maxwell Suuk published a compelling story this weekend on the devastation that subsistence farmers in Ghana are encountering due to donkey poaching. The animal's hides are sought after in China where they're used to make the traditional Chinese medicine ejiao ...

Why Wang Yi’s Boring, Uneventful Tour of Africa Was So Important

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is on his way back home today after wrapping a busy weekend visiting three African countries to wrap up his latest African tour. He also made an unscheduled stop in Nairobi. For all intents and purposes, ...

Pew: People Don’t Think Very Highly of Donald Trump Around the World, Except in Three of Africa’s Largest Countries

While Donald Trump may not be very popular in most parts of the world, not so in several of Africa's largest countries, according to new survey data from the Pew Research Center. Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa all recorded much higher levels of ...

Chinese Travel Vlogger Gives Viewers an Upclose Look at What Life in Kenya is Like

He goes by the username Xiang Luo Tian Wai (想落天外) and gives his viewers what seems like an unvarnished view of what daily life in Kenya is like, both for the Kenyans he meets along the way and the many Chinese workers he encounters. ...

How the Chinese-Financed Standard Gauge Railways in East Africa Marks a New Era of Government-led Infrastructure Development

The founding Dean of Strathmore Law School in Nairobi and a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Luis Franceschi, wrote a pair of compelling columns last month in the Daily Nation newspaper that serve as a kind of master class on the enormous legal and economic implications associated ...
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