Category: AIF Issue 41

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Asia’s AGOA fronting

Chinese and Taiwanese textile and apparel factory owners have exploited an AGOA loophole, creating jobs in Lesotho, but still funnel most profits back home Taiwanese and Chinese immigrants have brought jobs to Lesotho’s ailing economy – these investors have created an estimated 40,000 direct jobs in the textile and apparel industry. It is against this […]

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Ghost cities: Africa’s moving in

While new metropoles sprouting across China remain empty, those they’ve built in Angola are housing the African nation’s growing middle class China’s construction boom has seen spanking new “ghost cities” sprout up across China in an effort to boost GDP. And fears that it would also leave similar Chinese metropoles littered across Africa have been […]

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Rejuvenating Asian-African Solidarity in the 21st Century

The Cold War and colonialism promoted Africa-Asia solidarity in the 1950s, but a new world order has fragmented both continents, with nations preferring individual bilateral relations “Yes, there has indeed been a “Sturm uber Asien” – and over Africa too. The last few years have seen enormous changes … The passive people have gone … […]

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Cities that serve people by seeking profit

Asia’s thriving metropolises could provide the blueprints for Africa’s rapidly growing cities, and help the continent avoid the many pitfalls of urbanisation Africa and Asia are both latecomers to urbanisation. While in all other regions more than 70% of people live in urban centres, in Africa and Asia it is less than half. But both […]

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Building on local skills

Chinese companies have long being accused of exploiting African labour and excluding locals from skills development, but a continental pushback might force change In a wood-panelled room on the Jinhua campus of Zhejiang Normal University, by the picture-perfect Xinyue Lake, is a wonderful and surprising secret: one of the most valuable collections of African artefacts […]

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CARTOON: Looking East

   

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Mining money

  While other countries’ attitudes towards Africa waver, China is seizing the opportunity to snap up the continent’s mining assets On 17 January this year, any remaining uncertainty over one of the largest transactions in the mining monopoly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) dissipated. The Congolese government dropped its objections to the […]

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Backing a rogue state

Liberation struggle ties bind Africa to North Korea, and despite UN sanctions, the nation enjoys a reciprocal market for materiel, and more, on the continent The mere mention of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (more commonly referred to as North Korea) reminds most Zimbabweans of a dark era: the Gukurahundi massacres, concentrated in the Matabeleland […]

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Modi courts Africa’s markets

East and Southern Africa’s sizeable Indian diaspora won’t necessarily cement the country’s ties with the continent, but careful diplomacy might In July 2016 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first official visit to Africa. The visit was seen as a follow up to, the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS), which took place in New […]

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Gung-ho diggers quitting Africa in droves

The big players in Australia’s mining sector have grown wary of Africa’s regulatory requirements, but smaller miners still take chances on the continent Seen from an investment perspective, the pattern of engagement between Australia and sub-Saharan Africa has largely been dictated by the mining and mining services sectors, and, more specifically, the commodity cycle. This […]

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