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StarTimes Moves Quickly to Adapt to COVID-19 Crisis in Africa

Fake news and all sorts of misleading information about the COVID-19 pandemic are now rampant on African social media. Reports that Bill Gates wants to test a new vaccine on African people or that the surgical masks donated by Chinese billionaire ...

Huawei Joins COVID-19 Relief Effort in East Africa With High Tech Donations

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei is stepping up its CSR efforts in East Africa to support governments in the region with various technology solutions to aid their fight to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. These donations, and the accompanying media coverage, ...

Confidence Eroding in East African Governments’ Handling of Burgeoning COVID-19 Crisis

Two of East Africa's largest newspapers, The East African and Daily Nation (both incidentally owned by the same Nation Media Group) issued blistering critiques of how the region's governments are handling the worsening COVID-19 crisis. Kenya is a particular flashpoint, where ...

Increasingly Desperate Cries for Help From Africans Left Behind in China

Kenya joins Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco in evacuating its citizens from the epicenter of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, but hundreds of other Africans, mostly students, are still there amid deteriorating conditions. Forced to remain inside their apartments, the ...

Selling Ugandan Coffee in China: What Really Works?

Timothy Mukisa, Director of Nile Café in Shanghai explains what it takes to successfully penetrate the booming Chinese coffee market. He recently sat down with the Daily Monitor newspaper in Kampala to insights on his success in such a competitive sector. ...

African Countries Increasingly Turn to Toll Fees to Repay Loans for New Expressways

Both Chinese and African stakeholders are embracing new infrastructure financing models for road construction that both avoids adding to already high debt levels in some countries while reducing risk for Chinese creditors. The Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model, long a favorite of U.S., European and Japanese governments, now appears ...

Tweet of the Day: China’s All-Expense Paid Junkets for African Journalists Are Quite Effective at Building Goodwill

Today's Tweet comes from Ugandan journalist Sarah Kyobe who showcases how effective China's outreach to African journalists has been quite effective in building goodwill. The Chinese government spends a considerable amount of money every year to pay for hundreds of African journalists and media professionals to visit ...

Without the Chinese, Uganda is Going to Find Out if Anyone Else Wants to Loan Them Money to Refurbish a Railway

After failing to secure a $2.2 billion loan from the Chinese to build a new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to replace the country's decrepit century-old colonial-era railway, Uganda is now looking to secure funding for a much more modest refurbishment of its 1,266km system. ...

Chinese Firms in East Africa the Focus of Tax Evasion and Bribery Crackdown

While Chinese companies are feeling the pressure of anti-graft and tax evasion crackdowns at home, some are also facing similar campaigns abroad as African countries try to stamp out corrupt practices. KENYA: In a crackdown on corruption under President Uhuru ...

A Cautionary Lesson About Chinese Manufacturing in Africa

The pace of Chinese manufacturing going offshore has picked up significantly in the past year, spurred on by U.S. sanctions and the worsening U.S.-China trade conflict. Regardless of what's going on with the U.S., manufacturers were already motivated by China's rising ...
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