Written by William Mitting
29 August 2011
While China is investing billions in Africa, it is also busily extracting its precious natural resources. Many are now questioning if the east's involvement in Africa will be any more beneficial than the west's has been.
It'is a sweltering October afternoon 20 kilometres to the west of the booming mining town of Karonga in northern Malawi. The sun is beating down on vast swathes of dusty, arid land, parched by months without rain. Teams of Chinese labourers from the China Road and Bridge Corporation are working on a large construction project to build a road from Karonga to the remote town of Chitipa.
Written by Citi
25 August 2011
On 15 December 2010, Ghana became the world’s newest oil producer. In many ways, the start of oil production in Ghana adds the icing on the cake of what has been a steady improvement in overall economic performance since the fiscal crisis and slowdown of the world economy in 2008 knocked the economic sideways in 2009.
A clear feature of Ghana’s recent economic history has been fiscal crises following close elections in 2000 and 2008. Moreover, despite the overall strong economic performance of recent years, progress with fiscal consolidation has been slow in the last few years and we expect the deficit to remain significant in the run up to the December 2012 polls. more>>>
Biometric Registration: The next step in Ghana’s Democratic Development . Some Troubling Questions for the Government.
Written by Richard Dombo Diedong
25 August 2011
Needless to say, Ghana has been the leading light in the West African sub-region since before the dawn of independence. Indeed our independence was, to be accurate, achieved in a bloodless manner – achieved more through ‘jaw jaw’ with the Colonialists than by force. Thus was established the abiding image that Ghanaians are a peace loving people, a democratic people. Other than President Nkrumah increasingly losing his respect for multiparty democracy which invited the 1966 coup d’etat, and subsequently other needless military interventions, including the Acheampong and Rawlings coups, our country has managed in 54 years of existence, four Republican Constitutions, the fourth of which we are currently enjoying.
Written by The Queensway syndicate and the Africa trade
23 August 2011
WHEN the man likely to become China’s next president meets an African oil executive, you would expect the dauphin to dominate the dealmaker. Not, though, with Manuel Vicente. On April 15th this year the chairman and chief executive of Sonangol, Angola’s state oil firm, strode into a room decorated with extravagant flowers in central Beijing and shook hands with Xi Jinping, the Chinese vice-president and probable next general secretary of the Communist Party. Mr Vicente holds no official rank in the Angolan government and yet, as if he were conferring with a head of state, Mr Xi reassured his guest that China wants to “strengthen mutual political trust”. more>>>
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