Turkey's Africa Policy



China, Africa and Think Tanks

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 04:37 PM PDT

Brookings published on 1 October 2015 a commentary titled "China-Africa Think Tanks Forum: China Broadens Soft Power Campaigns in Africa" by Yun Sun, nonresident fellow at the Africa Growth Initiative.  The author comments on the Fourth China-Africa Think Tanks Forum that was held in South Africa in September 2015.  She commented that the forum is aimed at shaping African elites' perceptions and understanding of China through direct bilateral communication without the filter of Western values. 

Infrastructure Projects Move Forward in Ethiopia and Djibouti; LAPSSET Stalled in Kenya

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 02:54 PM PDT

The Mail and Guardian Africa published on 30 September 2015 an article titled "Bullish Ethiopia and Djibouti Agree on $1.55Bn Pipeline; Kenya's LAPSSET Has Reason to Worry."  Ethiopia and Djibouti signed an agreement to construct a 340-mile pipeline to transport diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel from the port of Djibouti to central Ethiopia.  This followed the recent completion of track laying for the 481-mile Djibouti-Addis Ababa railway.  In the meantime, the Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor has been delayed due to security concerns near Kenya's border with Somalia. 

China Gets Good Press for Dam in Guinea

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 08:26 AM PDT

Bloomberg Business published on 29 September 2015 an article titled "China Wins Africa Friends by Building Dam in Ebola Outbreak" by Franz Wild and Ougna Camara.  The article reports the completion of a Chinese-financed hydropower dam built by the China International Water and Electric Corporation.  Reportedly finished on budget and a year ahead of schedule, the Chinese workers remained on the job throughout the Ebola crisis while two Western companies stopped work on their projects in Guinea.