New China-Africa paper calls on West to tone down the BRI drama

New China-Africa paper calls on West to tone down the BRI drama

As the Chinese celebrate the government’s 70th anniversary, a new paper on Beijing’s relationships with African nations explores how Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects are actually being implemented – and it offers a few surprising conclusions. The paper from the Brookings Institution in the United States is part of…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

French mourn Chirac as African leaders extend condolences

French mourn Chirac as African leaders extend condolences

African leaders were quick to extend their condolences after hearing the news that former French president Jacques Chirac had died in Paris. Chirac, 86, had a history of illness. President George Weah was among those who expressed his sorrow over the loss of Chirac, who considered himself a friend to…

UK works to bring stranded Thomas Cook travelers home

UK works to bring stranded Thomas Cook travelers home

Authorities in the UK say they’re working to bring home citizens stranded across the world because of the bankruptcy filing of British travel agency Thomas Cook. Some 150,000 citizens were left stranded in what is believed to be the single largest repatriation effort by the British government since World War…

For Africa, Fridays for the Future marches are just beginning

The climate strike movement is just beginning and that’s certainly true for Africans. Friday climate marches grabbed all the headlines – and for good reason, since it’s the Fridays for the Future movement – but on the African continent the climate action promised to continue into the weekend and beyond….

Some 25 African migrants die each week – on the continent

About 25 African migrants die every week – some 1,300 annually – before they ever leave the African continent or take the risks of the dangerous Mediterranean Sea or Gulf-route journeys. That’s according to International Organization of Migration, which has published new numbers through its Missing Migrants Project (MMP) report….

African political conflict and the impact of education

By Dominic Rohner and Alessandro Saia According to the United Nations Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, 2018 year was the worst on record in terms of children trapped in armed conflict regions, with nearly 250,000 students impacted by the closure of several hundred schools in Mali alone. These…

For African migrants, will Panama become the new Libya?

Another 200 migrants were rescued on the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, this time as they attempted to make the crossing from Morocco into Spain. These migrants from sub-Saharan countries, traveling in three boats, are the latest in the all-too-familiar story of Africans who travel through Libya and other nations, desperately…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

CITES wraps up wildlife conference in Geneva

In Geneva, the World Wildlife Conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) wrapped up on Wednesday with the adoption of a number of measures meant to protect wildlife and support global conservation. Among them is the revision of trade rules meant…

India, Africa connect on training and tech education

African leaders have completed a two-day conference in India, designed to boost economic opportunity and international partnership through education. The event in New Delhi, coordinated by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), saw education ministry staff from Ghana and South Africa join their Indian counterparts to discuss opportunities for training…

Facebook adds African languages to better monitor fake news

Social media giant Facebook says it has added new African language capabilities in its effort to curb misinformation and “fake news” on political issues. That means that posts shared on Facebook can now be checked for accuracy in Yoruba and Igbo in Nigeria, where Hausa fact-checking already exists. It also…

Report: U.S. concerned about broader Russian influence in Africa

The Russian presence on the African continent may be broader than publicly acknowledged, and alongside a rising China remains a critical concern for the United States, according to a new report from investigative news outlet The Intercept in the U.S. The report from award-winning author Nick Turse, published Tuesday, is…

Opinion: Africa does not need a single currency

By Piotr Arak AT Contributor The process of increasing international trade in Africa and decreasing barriers that can foster growth resembles the goals and policies introduced successfully in Europe. This year Africa will take a big step towards tackling entrenched economic problems including a dearth of intra-regional trade as the…