Budapest deploys its Christian Democratic Institute to Africa
The Hungarian think tank is part of efforts by Viktor Orban's government to extend its influence in Africa, and it was busy networking at the recent CDI African summit in Cape Verde.
At this year's summit in the South African economic capital, the BRICS grouping (Brazil, India, Russia, China, South Africa) agreed to admit six new, non-aligned countries into its ranks. It also voiced its ambitions to create a more structured organisation and transform the block's economic power into diplomatic and financial influence.
The newly re-elected Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada, one of the richest men in Sao Tome and Principe, is pulling out all the stops to attract investors to his archipelago nation. He is seeking to revamp international partnerships, in particular with Angola.