Daily Archives: November 25, 2017

China ranks number one in jobs creation in Africa


New China TV
Published on Mar 28, 2017

Chinese massive investments in Africa have helped create millions of jobs in the continent, accordingly ranking china as number one biggest foreign job creator in Africa.

Here’s How China Is Changing Africa’s Future


The China Africa Project
Published on Sep 2, 2017

Published on Sep 2, 2017
Amid a surge of European and U.S. inward-looking nativist populism, the West’s longstanding influence in Africa is in retreat. At the same time, China appears to be doubling-down on globalism with a trillion dollar bet called “One Belt, One Road” or OBOR.

OBOR is China’s hugely ambitious global mercantile agenda that aims to connect the PRC to trade routes across the Indian Ocean through the Middle East, Europe and back to China via Central Asia. Already, Beijing has spent an estimated $250 billion, some in Africa where it is either building or has plans to construct railroads, data centers and its first ever overseas military installation among dozens of other planned infrastructure projects.

With so much money flowing around amid a concerted Chinese-orchestrated, OBOR-themed propaganda push, it is easy to get carried away by the audacity of the whole project. A trillion dollars? What country is spending that kind of money in this day and age? No one but the Chinese. So, it’s important to keep some perspective here and to appreciate that OBOR will never be able to live up to the massive hype, nor will it likely deliver the “win-win” benefits so often promised to Beijing’s partners in Africa and elsewhere around the world. But that doesn’t mean OBOR will not have a tremendous impact on certain parts of Africa and continue to re-orient the global trading system away from its once deeply entrenched pillars in the West towards new centers in the East.

As Africa’s primary trading alliances shift from West to East, the continent’s diplomatic and political allegiances are also expected to follow. Although there is considerable apprehension among many African leaders about becoming too dependent on China, there is also a growing sense that it would be foolish not to follow the shift in geopolitical power that increasingly favors Asia over the U.S. and Europe.

“Despite the many misgivings Africans feel about China, they are also making a hard-nosed calculation that the continent can profit from a close relationship with China in a way it can’t with the West,” said Dr. Cobus van Staden, Wits University lecturer and co-host of the China in Africa podcast, in a recent column published in the Huffington Post.

In this edition of the show, Cobus joins Eric to discuss why he thinks OBOR is so transformational, even as China’s trade and immigration levels with Africa are steadily declining

Join the discussion. Do you think China’s role in Africa is as important and transformational as Cobus contends or do you believe that China is just the latest foreign power to come, take what it needs and then leave. Share your thoughts.

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Ethiopia at centre of land grab


ecadforum
Published on Mar 22, 2011

It’s the deal of the century: £150 a week to lease more than 2,500 sq km (1,000 sq miles) of virgin, fertile land — an area the size of Dorset — for 50 years. Bangalore-based food company Karuturi Global says it had not even seen the land when it was offered by the Ethiopian government with tax breaks thrown in. http://ecadforum.com

Africa: Land grab or development? (NHK)


farmingaround
Published on Jan 9, 2010

by Koehi Tsuji

Riz Khan – Land Grab or Investment – 19 Nov 09 – Part 1


Al Jazeera English
Published on Nov 20, 2009

Some of the countries in Africa may be among the world’s pporest but their lush farmlands and natural resources are the envy of more prosperous nations, mostly in Western Europe and the Middle east. They say African farmland represents a new economic opportunity but are new investments in African resources simply a land grab at the expense of the people living there?

Riz Khan – Land Grab or Investment – 19 Nov 09 – Part 2 – YouTube


Al Jazeera English

Published on Nov 20, 2009

Some of the countries in Africa may be among the world’s pporest but their lush farmlands and natural resources are the envy of more prosperous nations, mostly in Western Europe and the Middle east. They say African farmland represents a new economic opportunity but are new investments in African resources simply a land grab at the expense of the people living there?

The price of gold: Chinese mining in Ghana documentary | Guardian Investigations


The Guardian

Published on Apr 24, 2013

Ghana has had a gold rush but here, Afua Hirsch discovers how Chinese immigrants are profiting from industrialising the country’s small-scale mining industry. She sees for herself that, for the many locals who chance losing life and limb for a piece of the same pie, the risks are rarely worth it, and explores where the responsibility for regulating this industry lies. The price of gold: Chinese mining in Ghana documentary Subscribe to the Guardian HERE: http://bitly.com/UvkFpD Afua Hirsch reports on Ghana’s gold rush in a film that discovers how Chinese immigrants are profiting from industrialising the country’s small-scale mining industry. She sees for herself that, for the many locals who chance losing life and limb for a piece of the same pie, the risks are rarely worth it, and explores where the responsibility for regulating this industry lies.

Democracy Now! – 7/10/09 – China Safari: On The Trail of Beijing’s Expansion in Africa (part 2 of 2)


mediagrrl9
Published on Jul 10, 2009

“China Safari: On The Trail of Beijing’s Expansion in Africa” As President Obama heads to Ghana, we look at Chinas expanding role in Africa where it recently became the continents second largest business partner, behind only the United States. We speak to author Serge Michel and analyst Nii Akuetteh.