Full steam ahead for Washington and Beijing?
GE and Sinohydro covet the country's vast rail network. [...]
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Underpinned by Eximbank, its formidable financial spearhead, China is increasingly making its presence felt in west and central Africa, a region where France already has extensive business interests. Beijing is now expanding beyond the ‘captive' energy and raw material markets [...]
While career diplomats and ministers are the public face of France's dealings with Africa, a new generation of forty-something technocrats, advisors and development specialists, many of whom are graduates of France's grandes ecoles, are now taking an interest in the [...]
It's Ivory Coast's very own exception française. While the rest of Africa is rapidly going global, French interests still hold sway in French-speaking West Africa's economic powerhouse, undiminished by the arrival of Chinese and Indian investors. Alongside ‘the two Bs' [...]