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  • China's model of industrial zone offers valuable lessons for African development

    CHINA, 2018/02/19 Ethiopia has been a shining light in Africa for the completed decade with its impressive annual GDP increase rate of nearly 11 %. Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopia's Ambassador to China, said that his country is drawing significant lessons, such as investment -driven development, establishment of appropriate economic zones and attracting investment , from the ways in which China has completed its globally recognized economic miracle. "[The fact that] additional than 600 million people have been lifted out of poverty in over 30 years is enough to prove the success of China's development model. It is a good example for us," he said. "We would as well like to achieve comm­on increase with other African nations through China's model of development."
  • Investment Bells Ringing

    CHINA, 2018/02/19 It's just been over half a year since Kenya inaugurated its standard gauge railway, but by presently the transport system is seeing heavy request from travelers between Nairobi and Mombasa. The China-built project, changing Kenya's landscape with brightly-colored trains and sparkling modern stations, is a worthy example of tangibly turning the vision of the Belt and Road Initiative into reality in Africa. China is working with its African partners to realize the modernization of the continent's infrastructure, particularly in East Africa, according to experts.
  • China Eyes New Stage of Cooperation with Africa

    CHINA, 2018/02/19 With a key cooperation forum and the Belt and Road Initiative, China hopes to raise its cooperation with Africa to a new stage, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday. Wang made the remarks at the same time as conference his Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, the initial stop in his new year African trip.
  • China to Host FOCAC Summit in 2018

    CHINA, 2018/02/19 China will host the FOCAC Summit 2018 in Beijing, according to China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang on January 2. Geng said the decision had been made based on the fact that South Africa and a lot of other African nations had all been keen to elevate the 2018 FOCAC conference into a summit and the practical needs of developing China-Africa relations. On January 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
  • Trade, security and anti-corruption top AU agenda

    BOTSWANA, 2018/02/15 A single African air transport market, promises to fight corruption and plans to address the continent's crises dominated the African Union summit. But with a full schedule for 2018, how much will the AU manage? "The declaration of 2018 as the anti-corruption year by this summit was set to increase national, regional and continental awareness of the menace and improve our chances to totally eradicate it," the freshly sworn-in President Weah noted. And as a statement by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa suggests, there may indeed be a small luck for the AU's anti-corruption plans. President Zuma is losing his grip on South Africa's ruling ANC party, the statement states, in Angola, the Dos Santos dynasty seems to be crumbling and in Nigeria, a survey by the Afrobarometer research network has shown an development in how Nigerians view their government's fight against corruption since Buhari took power. What the AU, however, lacks, the statement says, is an implementation of its own anti-grant agreements and networks.
  • Why a proper record of birds in Africa is so important – for Europe

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/13 Most of Europe’s birds chief south each year around September to escape the northern winter. Some species only migrate as far south as southern Europe. But most cross the Mediterranean Sea to Africa. And a lot of species cross the Sahara Desert to destinations in West Africa such as Nigeria and in East Africa, such as Kenya. Some travel as far south as South Africa. These European birds are diligently monitored. Each April, during the breeding season in the early part of the northern summer, teams of citizen scientists in most European nations gather vast amounts of data on the distribution and densities of breeding – for almost each bird species. Thousands of citizen scientists are involved. They diligently generate the data in their leisure time.
  • New dams in Africa could add risk to power supplies down the line

    JAPAN, 2018/01/13 In the 1980s and 1990s parts of Africa saw a surge in dam building for energy production. Next a brief hiatus there has been renewed interested. A lot of new construction projects are planned and underway across sub-Saharan Africa. Hydropower represents a significant and rapidly expanding proportion of electricity production in eastern and southern Africa. Around 90% of national electricity generation in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia comes from hydropower. The share of hydropower in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 20% of electricity production, is likely to grow rapidly. (If South Africa – which relies on coal powered electricity – was excluded, this figure would be much higher, but separate numbers aren’t available.)
  • Toothless Pan-African Parliament could have meaningful powers

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/13 The Pan-African Parliament was established by the African Union in 2004. Since again it has not passed a single law. That’s because it’s based on a Protocol that gives it only an advisory role. The parliament can gather data and discuss it, but can’t make binding regulations to change anything. Its limited “consultative and advisory powers” hamper the African Union’s ability to achieve a prosperous and peaceful Africa as envisioned in its Schedule 2063. Is there any point, again, in having this parliament? The 2001 Protocol envisaged that a conference would be organised to “review the operation and effectiveness” of the protocol five years next the establishment of the Parliament, which was 2009. This provision gave rise to the view that such a conference would explore the possibility of granting the Parliament meaningful legislative powers. But no such review has been carried out so far.
  • The EU-Africa summit is now the AU-EU summit. Why the upgrade matters

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/13 African and European heads of government gathered last week in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, for their 5th summit since 2000. For the initial time, the African Union (AU) rather than “Africa”, officially appears as the European Union’s partner. While plenty has been discussed about youth, migration, security and governance less is being said about the shift from an EU-Africa to an AU-EU summit. Is this just a case of semantics? Next all, the AU has been the key organiser of these triennial summits since they started in 2000. Or are there larger implications? We think there are. The AU-EU summit coincided with the January 2017 statement on the reform of the African Union prepared by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The statement recommends rationalising “Africa’s” a lot of international partnerships by having the continental body take the lead. This means that the previous, current and next AU chairpersons, plus the AU Commission chairperson and the chairperson of the Regional Economic Communities, would represent the AU, rather than all its member states.
  • Why Rwanda’s development model wouldn’t work elsewhere in Africa

    RWANDA, 2018/01/13 Rwanda is often touted as an example of what African states could achieve if only they were better governed. Out of the ashes of a horrific genocide, President Paul Kagame has resuscitated the economy, curtailed corruption and maintained political stability. This is a record that a lot of other leaders can only dream of, and has led to Rwanda being cited as an economic success story that the rest of the continent would do well to follow. In nations like Kenya and Zimbabwe some have argued that their leaders should operate additional like Kagame. In other words, that job creation and poverty alleviation are additional significant than free and equitable elections.
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