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Published 1st March 2010

Vol 3 (AAC) No 5


East-West Highway to trouble

Image courtesy of Panos Pictures
Image courtesy of Panos Pictures

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Political rivalries in Algiers deepen as Chinese companies are named in an anti-corruption probe into Africa’s biggest road project

State prosecutors have ordered more arrests this month, as investigations intensify into the Chinese companies and European middlemen dealing with Algeria’s US$12 billion East-West Highway project. The probes, which started last September, are driven partly by a power struggle between President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and some top generals. Investigators say they have uncovered a system of kickbacks and illegal commissions linked to Algeria’s security services, senior directors in the Public Works Ministry, European banks and French businessman Pierre Falcone, who last year was gaoled for six years for his role in the Angolagate arms scandal.

How militias control the mines

Politicians, businessmen, the army and rebels are all caught up in the illegal mining and smuggling of minerals destined for lucrative Asian markets

Prominent Congolese businessmen with connections to rebel groups in the conflict-ridden North and South Kivu Provinces are largely responsible for the illegal export of quantities ...

Banda bags a billion

Zambia does not always get what it wants or what it wants at the right time. President Rupiah Banda went on a 10-day official visit to China in late February and came back with a r...

Reshuffling Luanda's Beijing connection

As the President rearranges his government and calls for another crackdown on corruption, Beijing’s friends can take nothing for granted

The news that José dos Santos da Silva Ferreira is to head a new super ministry which will oversee Chinese contracts and projects is a strong vote of no-confidence by President Jos...

Monuc moves out

The United Nations announced in early March that it would begin to withdraw its peacekeeping mission, the Mission des Nations Unies en République Démocratique du Congo (Monuc) from...


Kofi Annan

former United Nations Secretary General and Professor, National University of Singapore

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is taking African advocacy directly to Asia, as he takes up his appointment as Li Ka-shing Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School o...

Roger Busima Kataala

Director General, Agence Congolaise des Travaux Grands, Congo-Kinshasa

Roger Busima Kataala is the head of the Agence Congolaise des Travaux Grands (ACGT), the agency that supervises Chinese-led infrastructure construction. The administrator has beco...

Zhu Min

Special Advisor to the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Advocates of Chinese engagement with Africa often take rhetorical swipes at the ‘Washington Consensus’. The fact is that China covets seats in the institutions that underpin it. Ju...


Crown Prince, Japan

Japan’s Africa diplomacy is taking a royal turn. Crown Prince Naruhito made his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa this month. During his trip to Ghana on 7-10 March, Naruhito visit...