- Kal looks at the May 24 “Day of Rejection” protests in Mauritania.
- Dadakim covers a protest for academic freedom in Malawi.
- A planned “day of rage” in Ethiopia did not materialize yesterday (h/t Semhar).
Baobab writes about how Lebanese businessmen are prospering in West Africa:
Those in business say several factors have helped them to succeed. Most crucial are trade networks among the Lebanese diaspora and beyond, says Abdallah Shehny whose office-equipment business spans Sierra Leone, Liberia and Dubai. Contacts in countries Brazil to China—little trade is done with other African countries due to costs of overcoming poor infrastructure—are important for trade. But they also act as substitutes for the lack of local services such as access to finance. Family workers bring down costs.
Thousands Lebanese fled Liberia’s long civil war; those who stayed found plenty of opportunities for reconstruction. Many educated and well-off Liberians also left. But competition from businessmen from India and China is now growing.
Flexible responses to the changing political and economical situation has been key to the diaspora’s success, according to Mara Leichtman, an American academic who studies the Lebanese in Senegal.
Scott Baldauf looks at Indian-Chinese competition in Africa:
If it wasn’t already clear, India’s announcement of $5 billion in development deals in Africa should certainly put to rest any question of whether India is dedicated to doing business on the African continent over the long haul.
The pledge of development aid to African countries – essentially a fund to help African countries to meet their development goals – stands in stark contrast to Africa’s largest single trading partner, China.
While China trades large infrastructure projects (built mostly by Chinese labor) for access to African raw materials, India spends money on training Africans to develop their own countries. And while Indian countries certainly have come into Africa as investors, Indian diplomats are quick to stress that the relationship between India and African countries is more one of equal partners.
Loomnie posts an Al Jazeera documentary on Lagos.
G. Paschal Zachary gives his take on a recent article about corruption in Nigeria.
USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discusses the organization’s response to the crisis in Abyei, Sudan.
Aaron Bady takes down Paul Theroux’s “myth of native intolerance” in Africa.
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