Chinese-made motorway price tag raises eyebrows in Douala
The Kribi-Lalobé motorway, Cameroon's first-ever toll road, has been up and running smoothly for a month. It cost $453m to build.
The subsidiary of the construction company Vinci, which was the only French firm to have responded to a tender call for several roadworks contracts in the greater Abidjan area, has more than held its own against rival Chinese giants who were also in the running.
The Chinese company Poly Technologies plans to complete the Allada barracks, set to headquarter the general staff of Benin's armed forces, in September 2021. The project, which has fallen behind schedule, is just a small component of a vast defence contract between Benin and China driven by President Patrice Talon and his eminence grise Olivier Boko.
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 [.