FOCAC follow-up: African diplomats visit #China to mark anniversary

At the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged a $60 billion economic package that essentially tripled China’s commitment in Africa. To mark the anniversary of the historic 2015 FOCAC summit, a group of African diplomats spent this week in China’s Fujian province….

Djibouti-Ethiopia rail runs set for October start

Test runs of the new railway linking Addis Ababa and Djibouti may come as early as next week, now that the $345 million project, funded primarily by China, is near completion. Officials with Ethiopian Railway Corporation say trial service will run for three to six months on the line, beginning…

Zimbabweans scoff at rash Mugabe declaration on U.N.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s proclamation that the country will next year leave the United Nations has been met with derision from Zimbabwe citizens, political leaders and agency heads. The statement, made to Zanu PF supporters over the weekend as Mugabe returned from the UGNA in New York, variously has been…

A Tale of Two Elections: Chad and Djibouti

Within the span of just a few days, two long-serving African leaders will go to the polls in search of new electoral mandates. As part of the “Super Sunday” of African elections in 2016, Djiboutian strongman Ismail Omar Guelleh will stand for re-election on April 8 while Idriss Déby Itno…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Will China’s naval base cause friction with the US?

Djibouti’s recent decision to host a Chinese naval facility caught many Western analysts flat-footed, showing how difficult it can be to predict the behaviour of wily autocratic regimes like that of President Ismail Omar Guelleh – or, for that matter, the government in Beijing.  China chose this small country on…

Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe

Andrew is a Research Fellow in the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he specializes in international security.

Zimbabwe: civil servants not paid before Christmas day

In the same week that the Zimbabwean government has failed to pay its civil servants before Christmas day, it was announced that China is cancelling the country’s $40 million in debts. 500,000 government employees are to go without pay until December 28 the Public Service Commission stated. Previously the state…

What will China’s bauxite mining deal mean for Guinea’s environment?

“The cooperation project not only created jobs for young people but brings business opportunities to Guineans,” chirped Kassory Fofana, Minister of State at the Chinese President’s office, as the first cargo ship containing 170,000 tons of bauxite arrived at China’s Yantai Port from Boke Port, Guinea. In March 2015, China’s…

Mohamed Toure

Mohamed Toure is a Malian writer and researcher currently living in Addis Ababa.