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Published 1st June 2013

Vol 6 (AAC) No 8

TICAD V: An agenda for business

TICAD V, Yokohama, Japan 2013
TICAD V, Yokohama, Japan 2013

TICAD attendees will discuss how to get the Japanese private sector involved in African development and how to fight against piracy and instability

Japan will roll out its plan for the next five-year phase of African engagement at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference for African Development in Yokohama on 1-3 June. Boosting the role of the private sector is a critical goal, not least because it is becoming more difficult to finance Japan's development promises from only state coffers.


Agricultural revolution delayed

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The ProSavana project that could turn Mozambique into a major agricultural producer has yet to convince local civil society groups and farmers

The ProSavana project has been set up to repeat a Japan International Cooperation Agency programme that helped to turn Brazil's Cerrado region into a major agricultural producer. I...

Too great expectations

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The Sicomines deposits contain smaller copper reserves than predicted and some detect deep problems in the partnership with China

In early May, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon sent shockwaves through Kinshasa when he told the United Nations-backed Radio Okapi that the partnership between Congo-Kins...

Dam number three at Inga Falls

Kinshasa seals a deal with South Africa for the third dam in the series

Chinese, South Korean and Spanish companies are among those competing for the contract to construct Inga 3 after Congo-Kinshasa announced on 18 May that it has clinched a deal with...

Small beer from Beijing

Vice-President Wang Yang’s visit sees scrabbling state media rerun an old warning to Chinese companies from Prime Minister Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe's new constitution finally passed into law on 22 May and the way is now clear for elections. The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front is pushing for the polls t...

Youth export palaver

Parliamentarians were up in arms after hearing that up to 100,000 young Malawians could be soon on their way to work in South Korea’s factories and farms in an effort by government...

Angry envoys

Seoul is developing new initiatives to bolster its African diplomacy but is inadvertently ruffling feathers with perceived errors in protocol

Ahead of the late May visits to Seoul of Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, new President Park Geun-hye declared that South Korea must shape it...

Elections and electioneering stall deals

The Essar deal, along with many others, is set to languish until after the polls

The early April visit of India's Steel Minister, Beni Prasad Verma, scarcely made headlines in Zimbabwe's media. With elections on the horizon, Zimbabwe is more obsessed than ever ...

Not in our back yard

While Mali’s government is preoccupied with retaking the northern region occupied by Islamists and Tuareg rebels, Indian firm Sahara Mining is facing challenges of its own in Tienf...

Seoul food

South Korean diplomats are working to help Daewoo Logistics regain at least part of a huge land-lease deal the company lost after Madagascar's 2009 coup d'état. In May, Seoul dispa...

Pipeline politics

The Kenyan government wants to get moving on the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor

Presidents Salva Kiir Mayardit and Uhuru Kenyatta reaffirmed their commitment to the Lamu pipeline this month when they met on 23 May in Juba, ahead of the African Union Summit in ...

Doors opening

China’s Kingho Energy has big ideas for Sierra Leone, but such plans could go the way of many other ambitious investments. The US$6 billion agreement the company signed with the Mi...


Masagos Zulkifli

Senior Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Singapore

In May, Masagos Zulkifli bin Masagos Mohamad spent four days in South Africa and six days in Nigeria, where he held talks with government officials and business leaders. On his ...

Hu Huaibang

Chairman, China Development Bank

Hu Huaibang, outgoing Chairman of Shanghai-based Bank of Communications, replaced Chen Yuan as Chairman of China Development Bank in May. As of February, the CDB had provided lo...

Li Baodong

Ambassador to the United Nations, China

Li Baodong called on Western countries to help African governments strengthen the institutions that are designed to fight terrorism. He told the Xinhua Chinese news agency in May t...