For 500 years foreign agency in the land of Africa has been exclusively self serving and brutally exploitative. Thus it is nearly impossible to imagine any other kind of relationship between outsiders and Africans. But today, at such a crucial juncture of global transformation, it is vitally important to not only imagine, but to observe and support the building of exactly a different kind of relationship.
With the consent of African governments, China’s subtle but deliberate strategy is paying off.
Agriculture is the foundation on which job opportunities for the youth can be built, argues Dr Richard Munang and Mr Robert Mgendi
The top U.S. foreign policy goals in Africa evidently no longer relate to human rights or democratic freedoms, but to protecting tiny, marginal American industries.
Continental free trade area’s potential impact includes boosting intra-Africa trade, manufacturing exports, job creation and poverty alleviation.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been in the Oval office for a little over a month, and the early days have been quite eventful. The continent remains on tenterhooks, as it remains unclear what trajectory the Trump administration will take on Africa. While it has been argued that the Trump presidency is a golden moment for Africa to chart its own development path, it appears Trump is likely to adopt policies that deal with individual countries in the continent, unlike his predecessors who crafted policies which saw Africa as group.
For a government which stresses that FOCAC – the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation – is not about demanding handouts from China, South Africa has a remarkably long wish list from the FOCAC summit which takes place in Sandton in a fortnight.
A week before he died, Sankara said, “revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, but you cannot kill ideas”. And so, for us today, the final challenge rests not in finding more Sankaras, but in becoming them – in bringing these ideas to life