What’s the deal with…Debt-Traps in Africa

Over the last 11 years, Chinese investments skyrocketed across the African continent. Alongside this expansion, the “debt-trap diplomacy” narrative permeated mainstream media in Africa and the West alike. According to this viewpoint, China purposely seeks to ensnare African nations into a net of debt in order to gain assets or strategic advantages.  What has been…

Rwanda leads the way in Digital era of Africa-China relations

The 31st of October 2018 may well go down in history for ushering in a new, exciting digital aspect to Africa-China international trade. The date marks the launch of the Alibaba-led Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) project in Africa. Rwanda was the first African nation to join the initiative by entering into a partnership agreement with Alibaba Group, followed…

The Dilemma of Chinese Gold Miners in Ghana

Ghana’s Gold Endowment and the Involvement of Chinese Miners Ghana is endowed with vast reserves of natural resources, both renewable and non-renewable. As the second largest gold miner in Africa, behind South Africa, Ghana is famous for its gold production and was once named the ‘Gold Coast’ because of the abundance of gold. Between 1493-1600,…

President Xi read my letter – and he replied!

There are moments in our life that give us pause and call for a period of reflection. Moments that stop us in our tracks and demand our immediate attention. This is one of those moments for me. Today, something big happened. And I mean BIG. President Xi read my letter – and replied! Opening of…