As both Russia and the DRC continue to suffer from the effects of international sanctions, an uptick in high-level diplomatic meetings between Congolese and Russian officials appears to suggest a mutual desire to develop the two countries’ nascent relationship.
Over the last decade, wealthy Angolans have increasingly invested their wealth in lucrative sectors of Portugal’s economy. Despite its less than lucrative nature, the Portuguese media sector has not escaped Angolan interest. Largely targeted by individuals with close ties to the MPLA – investing in Portugal’s media sector has gained Luanda huge influence.
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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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.
Turkey’s relationship with Ethiopia is one of its strongest in Africa, and over the past decade has evolved from merely trade-related to more of a strategic political partnership, with both government’s playing key roles. With Turkey fulfilling Ethiopia’s need for foreign investment, Ethiopia remains a willing partner in Turkey’s fight against the so-called Fethullahçı Terör Örgütü (FETÖ).
A media campaign launched this month is putting pressure on the government of Ghana to crackdown on the lucrative illegal mining industry. Calls for new regulations and laws, however, will likley be met with resistance by Chinese stakeholders.
With financial constraints mounting, Mozambique defaults on its $59.7m Eurobond repayment and claims it cannot pay its debts until 2021
Should the US take a backseat in African affairs during the Trump presidency, China would have ample opportunity to increase its dominance over the continent.
The EU and the US issue sanctions against key members of Kabila’s political and security apparatus in an attempt to force him from power.
Kabila is travelling to Luanda to attend the 7th inter-ministerial meeting of the UN Great Lakes Summit in search of regional allies; Angola is unlikely to be courted.