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Africa borrows on the open market

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The decades when the continent couldn’t raise major funds on ordinary commercial markets are over, but there are still worries about over-indebtedness.

by Sanou Mbaye

The nations of sub-Saharan Africa, in the post-independence euphoria of the 1960s, wanted to end the international division of labour under which they exported raw materials and imported manufactured goods. They diversified their More >

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Liberating Africans from the CFA “franc” trap

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Nowadays, African countries are wooed because they are perceived as the spearheads of the world economy. The Economist, the English weekly newspaper, predicts that in the next five years, seven out of ten fastest growing economies in the world will be in Africa: Ethiopia (8.1 per cent), Mozambique (7.7 per cent), Tanzania (7.2 per cent), Congo (7.0 per cent), Ghana (7.0 per cent), Zambia (6.9 More >

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Africa : Economic growth and sustainability

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Humboldt University Economic Forum

Berlin, 11 May 2011

I. INTRODUCTION

After four decades of sluggish economic activities, improved macroeconomic conditions, better business climate, political and currency stability, and a burgeoning middle class have triggered economic growth in many African countries. Telecom, banking, and retail are flourishing. Construction is booming. Foreign investment is More >

Africa's Winds of Change

Africa’s Winds of Change Return

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DAKAR – How did Ivory Coast come to this? After gaining independence from France in 1960 with Felix Houphouet-Boigny as President, the country became the world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans and a significant exporter of coffee and palm oil. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, sizeable export earnings, combined with easy access to credit, fueled an economic surge dubbed the “Ivorian miracle.” More >

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Regulating China-Africa cooperation imbalances

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Oxford University China-Africa Network

The Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN) with the support of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) present

The Conference on “Chinese Investment and African Agency”

hosted by the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford 11-12 March 2011

Regulating China-Africa cooperation imbalances

By Sanou MBAYE 1

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China’s African Front

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DAKAR – China’s sacred text is not a holy book like the Torah, the Bible, or the Koran. Instead, it is The Art of War by Sun-Tzu. Sun’s core belief is that the “ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.”

So it is no surprise that cunning and deception form an essential part of Chinese diplomatic and corporate culture. Indeed, down More >

Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa

Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa

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This new book in the Pambazuka Press ‘China and Africa’ series explores China’s deepening engagement in Africa from the rarely heeded perspectives of African and Chinese civil society organisations.

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The deepening engagement of China in Africa since the end of the cold war has led to debates about the evolving nature of this relationship. Yet the focus of analysis has largely been More >

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Currency war : the stakes for Africa

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A weaker exchange rate makes a country’s exports cheaper, potentially boosting a key source of growth for economies battling to find growth, as they emerge from the 2008-2009 credit crunch and economic crisis suffering from chronically deficient demand. Global imbalances are on the rise again, as is the risk of protectionism. Western countries are battling to keep their exchanges rates low in More >

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CHINA-AFRICA COOPERATION – THE STAKES

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China-Africa Civil Society Dialogue : Development Challenges in Africa and the Chinese Development Experience

Beijing, P.R. China, October 18th -19th , 2010

For most of the past five decades African countries were locked out of international capital markets. As a result, they have largely been spared the twin woes of the 2008 financial turmoil and subsequent world economic downturn. The More >

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France-Africa leaders’ festivities : What to celebrate ?

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As the former French colonies of Africa head to Nice to celebrate the 25th France-Africa Summit at the end of May, Sanou Mbaye questions the enduring legacy they’re honouring. Following decades of political and economic tyranny forged by French politicians, the citizens of former colonies continue to absorb the impact of chaotic and ruinous policies left over from their imperial history. ‘As long More >

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