Over the next weeks Shadow Governance Intel will be releasing analysis that looking at China’s evolving interests in Africa. This will culminate in the release of a Report (available in the Store) that explores China’s burgeoning relationship with the Continent. The report, available in early October, details China’s key commercial actors in Africa, highlighting the trajectory of the main trends in this complex relationship.
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While ostensibly stepping down from his position as President of Angola, President Jose dos Santos has managed to amass a considerable power base over the years and will remain a highly influential figure in Angola’s political and business spheres. His successor, Lourenço can be viewed as a guarantor of smooth transition. He is a loyalist who is not expected to bring about significant political or economic change in the short term.
The actors and transit routes involved in the DRC-Dubai gold trade raise suspicion; not least because estimates suggest that 70% of all DRC gold reaches Dubai. Those who stand to benefit may have little incentive to enforce a crackdown. Understanding the nuances of the DRC-Dubai trade route should be a priority for sector stakeholders.
Investment and religious connections have emerged as the driving forces behind the Gulf’s relationship with Africa. Qatar, lacking its neighbours’ religious, cultural and economic connections to the continent, appears to have been less effective in garnering African support.
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Nigeria has become one of Turkey’s most important providers of liquid natural gas (LNG), and with the LNG industry in both countries gaining increasing prominence, LNG trade between the two is likely to continue into the foreseeable future.
President Lungu’s increasingly authoritarian actions have attracted concerns over Zambia’s democracy. There are indications that the recent declaration of a state of threatened emergency could be a mere ploy to stifle the increasingly vocal opposition.
With President Kabila and his close circle of allies retaining tight control over industrial mining in the DRC, it is vital that foreign investors learn how to navigate networks of exposed political elite and their various gatekeepers. Shadow Governance’s new report on mining in the DRC details the key power plays and power players.
This is Part II of a two-part article reviewing Nigeria’s agriculture sector – its opportunities and key players. Today’s contribution reviews the key players involved in the production of rice, wheat, and sugar.
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The government of Nigeria is actively promoting the country’s agriculture sector as a viable alternative to oil. Various schemes and investment incentives have been introduced, but the sector remains hampered by lack of infrastructure. Despite this, several businesses are capitalising on the move to make agriculture a key industry once again. This analysis covers emerging sector opportunities, and reviews its key players.
Navigating the mining sector in the DRC remains a hazardous and sometimes complex prospect – depending on location and context, either political elite networks or armed groups have developed a monopoly over this lucrative sector.
The first visit by a Turkish President to Mozambique has been tainted by the political war between the Gülen movement and the Turkish state.
The appointment of Félix Tshisekedi as Rassemblement leader reignites hope for a peaceful political transition in the DRC amid the resumption of talks. However, doubts remain over just how much unity there is in the opposition.