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Dana Sanchez, 6:42 pm AFKI Original
Large numbers of Chinese migrants have followed the money to Africa, but no one really knows how many — not even close. Estimates range from 250,000 to 2 million. Experts say informed guesses are anything from speculative to “very problematic.” It’s a problem because inaccurate claims about the Chinese migrant population can contribute to xenophobic election rhetoric and violence, says a migration researcher. In many countries, statistics on migration are incomplete, out of date or nonexistent. “Statistics are political,” a stakeholder said. The data may be out of date but it’s the only data we’ve got.
Dana Sanchez, 11:24 am
Built in China, paid for by China, built by Chinese, operated and maintained by Chinese — news media reports often describe the newly refurbished, high-speed Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway as a project in which China is fully vested. But China didn’t finance the entire railway by a long shot. Ethiopia and Djibouti financed about 45 percent of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway.
Dana Sanchez, 4:47 pm
Ethiopia was the world’s fastest growing economy in 2015 at 10.2 percent. China has invested heavily Ethiopian infrastructure, funding railways, roads, dams, and sub-Saharan Africa’s first modern tramway in Addis Ababa. Chinese firms have also stepped up engagement in Ethiopian manufacturing and upped their supply of manufactured goods exported from China. Ethiopian Airlines has a new $150 million cargo terminal under construction that is scheduled to be completed by April.
Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am
Tanzania, Rwanda and Malawi have a permissive approach to drone regulations, helping make them attractive places for trials. Madagascar has also tested drones to reduce the time it takes to transport life-saving supplies in areas where roads are impassable or transport infrastructure is nonexistent. How useful are drones for carrying out human welfare tasks? The work is still too new and the data too thin to know. One study said humanitarian cargoes are often much heavier than a drone can handle.
Kurt Davis Jr., 10:11 am AFKI Original
It is the end of the year, a time when companies close the books and forecast 2017. As African governments roll out 2017 budgets or budget adjustments, it’s an ideal time to take an early look at the two gigantic problem countries — sub-Saharan Africa’s second- and third-largest economies. A sustained low oil price could all but doom these African budgets and burden their economies. Will debt markets be willing to service Nigeria? President dos Santos said he is prepared to step down — not bad timing. Angola may be the giant taking the hardest punches.
Dana Sanchez, 1:52 pm
In Johannesburg, the poorest residents spend more than 20 percent of their income getting to and from work. So it seems bizarre that recent efforts to beef up the city’s bike lanes got knocked down. The new mayor vowed in his inauguration speech to stop the construction of bike lanes. Cycling in South Africa has been stigmatized. It’s seen either as an elitist sport for whites or mode of transport for those too poor to afford a car. A bike-share program in Marrakech could become a pilot for future projects in other African cities.
Staff, 12:01 am
Ethiopia’s economy is expected to overtake Kenya’s this year, buoyed by massive government spending on infrastructure. The IMF estimates Ethiopia’s GDP will grow to $69.21 billion this year, narrowly edging out Kenya’s at $69.17 billion. Kenya is viewed as more democratic than Ethiopia, where authoritarian rule is marked by crackdowns on the press and its own citizens, such as the Oromo. Kenya also has a more open economy, while Ethiopia closes most sectors of its economy to foreign investors.
Dana Sanchez, 3:47 pm
Africa is increasingly attractive to global clothing brands, but poor infrastructure remains a challenge. East African suppliers need to upgrade their facilities and enter into long-term partnerships with buyers, McKinsey suggested. Buyers need to evaluate the region as a true strategic option rather than just a testing ground. U.S.-owned Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brands source 5-to-6 percent of global production from Africa. “We believe that production could grow… over the next five years to over 25%,” said the company CEO at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum.
Dana Sanchez, 11:23 am
In the same way that ATMs did not make bank branches obsolete, autonomous cars won’t make Uber drivers obsolete, said Alon Lits, managing director of Uber sub-Saharan Africa. All the major auto makers are experimenting with autonomous vehicles, but Uber, which has disruption embedded in its DNA, is the first to actually put it to test on city streets with everyday commuters. The Uber test cars in Pittsburgh aren’t actually self driving. Uber employees are behind the wheel in case the cars’ self-driving systems make mistakes.
Dana Sanchez, 6:20 pm
South Africa has invested $24.75 million of public funds since 2014 on 3D printing research and development. The investment has given SA world-class capabilities to participate globally in areas of high growth potential, like aerospace and medical and dental implants. It’s also helping SA improve traditional manufacturing. The private sector is all over 3D printing too, like artist Rick Treweek, who created his “Parktown Prawn” on a 3D printer.
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