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South Africa's Gupta Brothers Scandal

A slowly spreading scandal involving an Indian-origin business family continues to damage the reputation of South African President Jacob Zuma, the ruling African National Congress and has now begun to stain a number of major international companies. The global accountancy major, KPMG, purged the top management of its South Africa after evidence it had facilitated the crony business relationship between Zuma’s family and the Guptas. South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has called for…

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India and Japan moved towards officially breaking ground for the proposed Asia Africa Growth Corridor during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit to India. In their joint statement issued on 14th  September, the two governments spoke of working together to build connectivity in the Indo-Pacific and Africa. The statement said the two sides “welcomed the efforts to explore the development of industrial corridors and industrial network for the growth of Asia and Africa, which…

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China's Changing Africa Profile

Botswana takes on Beijing: Africa missed a chance to observe the Chinese dragon bare its fangs at one of its own in mid-August. Beijing issued a series of warnings against Botswana (population 2.25 million) when a local NGO and a university invited the Dalai Lama to visit the country from August 17-19. 

Botswana’s President Ian Khama, in an interview, later said the Chinese government had warned him that they would recall their ambassador or isolate Botswana…

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Four African countries have or are about to experience major political change. Each also represents a different strand in the chequerboard that represents Africa’s political landscape. 

Kenya Local:  In a milestone for African democracy, the Kenyan Supreme Court  annulled the results of the August 8 presidential elections and ordered a new election to be held within 60 days. That the judgment, passed on September 1, has been accepted by the winning…

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Mozambique:  The ruling FRELIMO party of Mozambique will head into its September party congress still struggling to defuse the crisis created by a $2 billion loan scandal. While the party’s control of the country is not in doubt, President Filipe Nyusi will seek to distance himself from the scandal, which took place when he was defence minister. The September congress could potentially choose a new party head. 

The IMF had forced Mozambique to hire the US…

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The OECD argued that African governments need to do more to encourage entrepreneurship in its recent African Economic Outlook 2017.  The annual report noted that the continent’s growth rate was increasingly being driven by domestic consumption, allowing it to slough off the effects of the drop in global commodity prices. 
 
In 2016, Africa’s economic growth slowed to 2.2% from 3.4% in 2015 due to low commodity prices, weak global recovery and weather-affected…

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On July 12, China announced the dispatch of two shiploads of armed personnel to man its military base in Djibouti. Situated in the Horn of Africa and near where the Red Sea joins the Indian Ocean, this is China’s first overseas military base and widely seen as a major step towards the People’s Liberation Army and Navy developing a permanent Indian Ocean presence.  

Xinhua, China's state news agency, said the ships had left from Zhanjiang in southern China “to set up a…

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AfDB Annual Meeting in Gujarat

A symbolic milestone in India’s engagement with Africa was reached when the African Development Bank held its 2017 annual meeting in Ahmadabad from 22nd to 26th May. The presidents of Benin and Senegal were among the over 3,000 attendees.

In the inaugural address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of how India’s partnership with Africa was “based on a model of cooperation which is responsive to the needs of African countries. It is demand-driven and free of conditions.” He said India…

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The flagship India-Africa economic summit, the annual Confederation of Indian Industry-Export Import Bank of India Africa Conclave, was held in New Delhi on 9-10 March. The twelfth such conclave saw a drop in attendance with the number of Indian delegations from 622 in 2014 to 452 and the number of African countries from 45 in 2014 to 37.

While this would seem to run counter to what was seen in last year’s Indo-African summit where a record 54 African governments sent delegations,…

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Developments in Pretoria and Abuja

South Africa, the wealthiest of the African states, and Nigeria, the most populous, are entering stages of political uncertainty.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa’s Constitutional Court is holding hearings on whether a planned no confidence motion against the government of President Jacob Zuma should be held as a secret ballot. The opposition parties have asked the court for a ruling in the hope that it can entice parliamentarians of the ruling African National…

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About the Author

Pramit Pal Chaudhury

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times, and Distinguished Fellow & Head, Strategic Affairs, Ananta Aspen Centre

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri writes on political, security, and economic issues. He previously wrote for the Statesman and the Telegraph in Calcutta. He served on the National Security Advisory Board of the Indian government from 2011-2015. Among other affiliations, he is a member of the Asia Society Global Council, the Aspen Institute Italia, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Mont Pelerin Society. Pramit is also a senior associate of Rhodium Group, New York City, advisor to the Bower Group Asia in India, a member of the Council on Emerging Markets, Washington, DC, and a delegate for the Confederation of Indian Industry-Aspen Strategy Group Indo-U.S. Strategic Dialogue and the Ananta Aspen Strategic Dialogues with Japan, China and Israel. Born in 1964, he has visited over fifty countries on five continents. Mr. Pal Chaudhuri is a history graduate from Cornell University.