Rwanda, Uganda trade denials across the border

Rwanda, Uganda trade denials across the border

Uganda is denying charges from neighboring Rwanda that, among other things, it has arrested and tortured dozens of Rwandan citizens, in the latest round of a diplomatic feud between the two nations that’s led to tensions at the border. The Ugandan foreign minister also denied Kigali’s allegations that his country…

The U.S. may wish otherwise, but what if Africa has chosen China?

The U.S. may wish otherwise, but what if Africa has chosen China?

China wasted no time in responding to accusations by top United States official John Bolton’s claim that its dealings with Africa are corrupt and predatory. It’s an oft-repeated charge, as the U.S. appears to realize too late that Beijing has spent decades courting the continent while Washington was, by and…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

IMF trims projections for sub-Saharan Africa, global growth

IMF trims projections for sub-Saharan Africa, global growth

The new World Economic Outlook report projects that global growth will remain steady over 2018–19 at last year’s rate of 3.7 percent, but that’s revised down from 3.9 percent earlier this year. “There are clouds on the horizon. Growth has proven to be less balanced than hoped,” said Maurice Obstfeld, chief economist…

Ramaphosa, Sall help to close out FOCAC summit

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegal’s President Macky Sall joined Chinese President Xi Jinping in declaring the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing a success as it ended Tuesday. The summit issued the Beijing Declaration (Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future) to advance their…

Cameroon’s Biya, Nigerian Buhari head to FOCAC

President Paul Biya of Cameroon met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Friday as African heads of state continue to arrive in Beijing ahead of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit. Biya said he stressed Cameroon’s support for China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a global economic strategy at the…

Merkel heads to Senegal, May moves on to Nigeria and Kenya

All eyes have been on British Prime Minister Theresa May during her visit to Johannesburg, where she signed a joint statement on trade with South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini – but on Wednesday, it’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s turn to visit the continent. Merkel begins a three-nation tour…

China’s ambassador in SA slams Trump, U.S. on trade

China’s ambassador in South Africa took aim at the United States on Wednesday, warning that the U.S. is making the entire world pay for President Donald Trump’s misguided trade war and “America Only” foreign policy. “The U.S. is making itself the enemy of the whole world,” said Lin Songtian, speaking…

Somalia’s Farmaajo arrives in Eritrea for three-day visit

Somalia’s President Mohamed Farmaajo arrived in Asmara on Saturday to begin a three-day visit with President Isaias Afwerki and members of his administration. The visit to the small Horn of Africa neighbor is the first for a Somali leader since Eritrea declared its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, and represents…

Nigeria: Buhari, Trump talk trade and counterterrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria became the first leader of a sub-Saharan African nation to meet with President Donald Trump in Washington, where the two discussed counterterrorism and security concerns, bilateral trade and humanitarian issues on Monday. “Nigeria and the United States share a long history of close and cordial…

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Making it count for people and planet

With the stroke of a pen, African heads of state gathered in Kigali, Rwanda on March 21, 2018, signed off on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) deal – which some pundits have characterised as the largest free trade agreement since the World Trade Organization. This signing comes at…

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Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator.

China scoffs at news of U.S. inquiry into its African influence

China has defended its role on the African continent, following word that United States lawmakers plan to investigate Beijing’s expanding footprint in African nations and across the globe. Devin Nunes, a Republican member of Congress from California and Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that as part…

Ramaphosa talks trade as Chinese envoy visits

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday welcomed Yang Jiechi, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping of China, as he opened a two-day official visit in Cape Town. Ramaphosa said the re-election of President Xi presented an opportunity for South Africa to deepen its strategic cooperation with China at a…

Turkey’s Erdogan begins four-nation Africa tour in Algeria

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey began a tour of four African nations on Monday in Algeria, where he met with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia to discuss cooperation on counterterrorism, energy, and economic development and trade. It is Erdoğan’s second visit to Algeria since becoming president in 2014 and he…