István Tarrósy, 12:20 am AFKI Original
Cameroonian student Danielle Carole Tangmeu Kenmoe is fluent in Mandarin — something that looks really good on a resume. A degree from China means a competitive edge in the job market for Africans. China’s foreign policy towards Africa includes an important soft power element: encouraging young Africans to study at Chinese universities. But racial issues are a daily reality in interactions between Africans and the local Chinese populations.
István Tarrósy, 5:58 am AFKI Original
While Africa’s second largest copper producer and the eighth biggest producer in the world, Zambia’s economy faces some heavy challenges in the post-Sata era due to falling global copper prices in the last two years, voices of hope have been echoed as the country’s first female vice-president was appointed. What seems a positive development is the appointment of Inonge Wina, former minister of gender and child development, as vice president
István Tarrósy, 1:00 am AFKI Original
Mobile technology has raised the level of political discourse in Nigeria. Nigerians have six more weeks to talk about how they’ll cast their votes. AFKInsider looked into one of the country’s most promising sectors — telecommunications. Nigeria long had a reputation for having one of the continent’s most underserved telecom markets. Not any more. The ICT sector attracted more than $6 billion US in foreign direct investments over the last three years, said the country’s ICT Minister.
István Tarrósy, 9:55 am AFKI Original
President Goodluck Jonathan has come to be seen as preoccupied with rationalizing corruption (distinguishing it from stealing) rather than striving to eliminate it. Although General Buhari had a terrifying regime between 1983 and 1985 and was a dictator, he’s reputed for not tolerating corruption in public affairs, a factor that might have influenced his choice out of five rivals.
István Tarrósy, 3:27 pm AFKI Original
High hopes have almost been tangible across East African countries since the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit was held in August in Washington, D.C. Tanzania may not be the darling of the U.S. but President Kikwete has done his best to place his country on the map in the minds of American politicians and business people, an Africa expert told AFKInsider.
István Tarrósy, 6:51 am AFKI Original
Although Obama launched many promising programs, such as the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010, the African Food Summit in 2012, and the Power Africa Initiative in 2013 … “these did not move forward thereby entailing any meaningful progress aside rhetoric and political pretension, thus making the Obama Administration a sheer promise-giver not supported by real action.”
István Tarrósy, 9:28 am AFKI Original
From a global perspective, the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit may create a new image of Africa advocating for itself as integral to the interdependent world order in terms of trade and investments. With the summit, the U.S. wants to reduce the influence of China over Africa. However, “the U.S. should not redefine its positions in Africa by compromising its approach and demand for democracy and good governance practice among African leaders,” an expert said. “Africa cannot remain a dark and backward continent forever because of bad autocratic leadership.”
István Tarrósy, 11:25 am AFKI Original
Since the end of apartheid in 2009, South Africa has not only emerged as a leader on the African continent, but its export products have become leading brands in Central Europe, the former Soviet bloc and beyond.
István Tarrósy, 2:12 pm AFKI Original
Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland – the so-called Visegrad Four – have several things in common. None was a colonizer in Africa, but all developed friendship ties with many African countries and have been active in development and exchange programs. It is not new for any of the Visegrad countries to play a role in African development.
István Tarrósy, 2:21 am AFKI Original
Many question if Rwanda’s gender quotas in parliament and an increase in female leadership result in more equitable and democratic governance. For those women who want to engage in politics, especially rural women, the burdens of participation are heavy. They have to produce food as well as care for children – and they may not have help. Women may also have to deal with husbands complaining that they’re away from home too much.