The New Scramble for Africa

Are Africans’ interests being protected?


A global push to connect with Africa's 1.2 billion consumers and resources is intensifying, as a long-term population boom takes hold on the continent. China's two-decade ascent to economic and political influence in the region, reflected in its quarter-trillion dollars in annual trade with Africa, is motivating Europe and the United States to invest more in Africa. In addition, a range of new powers, from Turkey to Indonesia, are attracted to Africa's newly integrated consumer market and plentiful green energy resources, as well as its growing influence as an essential stakeholder in critical global issues such as climate change. The competition is far from benign. Russia is exploiting fragile states in West Africa. Multinational companies and investors — catalysts for social and economic gains — ...

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