Winds of Trade

Africa seems to have been ‘blessed’ with this curse called Resources. I am thinking of Nigeria, Gabon and Angola’s oil, Zambia’s copper, DRC’s numerous minerals, Ghana’s cocoa and many more too numerous to mention. Surely it is inconceivable to view a country’s natural resources in such negative light but when one looks at Africa this… » read more

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I just spent three exciting and eye opening weeks in Zambia, the country of my birth. I must say I was quite taken aback by the size and sheer volume of Chinese investment, especially in Zambia’s mining sector. Investment is a good thing one might argue, but the manner and character in which investment manifests… » read more

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Remember the story of Pandora’s box in Greek Mythology? Well, When Pandora opened her box she let out all the evils of the world except one, Hope. It is recorded in history that the Greeks considered Hope to be an evil, but a necessary evil that had to accompany all the other troubles of the… » read more

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This may come as a surprise to many, but China has a long history with Africa. Its involvement dates back to the early 1960s. The question is, why is it only now that this relationship is being scrutinised and looked at closely from all angles? Well, the not so simple answer is that the nature… » read more

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Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) seem to be causing some jitters on the African continent. At best they are considered as providing Least Developed Countries (LDCs) with access to the EU market and at worst they are viewed with suspicion or have been outrightly rejected. Some of the reasons put forward range from the undue trade… » read more

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The thought of investing in Africa must be daunting for European businesses. The first thing that comes to mind, is the instability that seems to characterise the everyday lives of most African States. United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is currently on a seven-nation tour of Africa. While in Kenya, her first stop,… » read more

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TRADE ‘n’ AID

In the light of the 2009 G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy, I am inspired in my first blog, to reflect on Africa’s place at these meetings. I am thinking now on what leaders of the G8 individually and collectively expect from Africa and indeed what the African leaders present at these summits expect from Europe?… » read more

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