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The Africa Report

The Africa Report No. 101

The Africa Report is the international publication of reference dedicated to African affairs, anticipating economic and political changes in Africa and relied upon for the independent expertise in its surveys, sector reports and country focus in each issue.

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africa's place in the world

The Horn of Africa would be a good place to start the renaissance in African diplomacy South Africa’s review of its foreign policy promised by international relations minister Lindiwe Sisulu is well timed. The wintry global diplomacy scene could use some South African sunlight. International institutions and cooperation are under the heaviest fire for half a century, and Africa’s continental institutions are searching for new ideas and resources. Governments inAfrica, for the most part, are concentrating on fighting economic and political fires. Africa’s other leading powers, such as Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria, look far from achieving the critical mass that led to the foundation of the AU almost two decades ago. Sisulu said that on the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, the country has “a responsibility to regain the stature…

3 min.

For all your commemnts, suggestions and queries, please write to : The Editor, The Africa Report, 57bis Rue d'auteuil-Paris 75016-France. or CHINA-AFRICA CHANGE As Stephen Chan keenly observed, [‘China/Africa: New departures,’ TAR99 Apr 2018] Africa’s growing debts to China are gradually changing the nature of the China-Africa relationship. Consequently, Africa’s ability to defend against Chinese quests for its strategic resources has been mitigated. China’s non-interference principle has been evolving in recent years due to China’s enhanced economic and personnel presences across the globe. Although China did not actively intervene in the political transition of Zimbabwe in 2017, the inaction was conditioned on the relatively peaceful and smooth nature of the transition and the lack of negative impact over Chinese assets on the ground. Such a policy is destined to change when the…

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open for democracy?

As President Emmerson Mnangagwa settles into his stride, promising Zimbabwe has a new way of doing business and is committed to free and fair elections, his actions must speak louder than his words [‘Interview: Emmerson Mnangagwa’, TAR100, May 2018]. To his credit, Mnangagwa has secured over $7bn worth of FDI commitments in less than six months, but whether promises of mega-deals in key areas like agriculture and mining will turn into reality is yet to be seen. ‘Open for business’ is the new politics, but if Mnangagwa hopes to win over the US government and have ZDERA repealed, he needs to be far more transparent on the role ex-servicemen play within his government and in the election process [...] If Mnangagwa and his allies are sincere on turning the page,…

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has africa woken up to the full potential of its diaspora?

In 2015 the UN proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent, to a resounding silence from the continent. African governments want to tap into diaspora remittances and skills, but are they walking the talk? Yes The African diaspora’s footprints are found in the nation-building and private sector projects of almost all the continent’s 54 countries. As such, the diaspora’s potential in African countries can hardly be a matter of debate […]. Recognition of diaspora’s potential is seen primarily in what such ministries, sub-ministries and special offices prioritise in their diaspora-relations work. In Morocco, for example, the ministry for diaspora is engaging in projects that emphasise the transfer of skills and competencies, with the aim of mobilising skills and investments of Moroccans abroad in support of development projects. In Ghana there…

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your views:

No. Political leaders in Africa are doing next to nothing to promote using the [diaspora’s] potential […] Until the current crop of ‘old guard’ neocolonial politicians are replaced with new leaders who are more ‘conscious’ and better qualified, there will be no change. Muhammad Rashied Until we start a conscious effort to conscript those descended from our ancestors [who were] stolen from us […] we cannot be said to have discovered the full potential. Every black person everywhere has a part to play in lifting Africa up. @Ekow_bk While Africa hasn't fully tapped the diaspora’s potential, it has awoken to it. A few African presidents have flown out to meet their diasporas, and there are national and AU-level organisations popping up to engage with them. I think the future is bright for dispora-state ties. @ke_splosion No.…

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three’s a crowd

On 9 March, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta shook hands with opposition leader Raila Odinga, half a year after the troubled Kenyan general elections. Odinga had boycotted the second round after the Supreme Court threw out the results of the first round due to problems in the vote’s organisation. Odinga and his allies in the National Super Alliance launched acivil disobedience campaign that was quickly abandoned. The handshake has now redefined the political landscape, with Odinga trying to stymie the rise of deputy president William Ruto. Odinga’s gambit is that he could back a series of constitutional reforms that would allow him to cut off Ruto at the pass. The reforms, based on a nine-point agenda agreed between Kenyatta and Odinga, includes a “three-tier system that retains the current counties, creates regional…