Dawn of a second Cold War and the ‘scramble for Africa’

Abstract Ample empirical evidence shows that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will boost the competitiveness of African economies and accelerate the diversification of sources of growth and trade to deepen economic integration in Africa and enhance the region’s assimilation into the world economy. However, realizing these potentials hinges on reversing the current trend…

New tools for easing cross-border trade in Africa

Mike Ogbalu, CEO of the Pan-African Payment Settlement System (PAPSS) at the African Export-Import Bank, discusses PAPSS, a cross border, financial market infrastructure enabling payment transactions across Africa. Related Content Foresight Africa podcast is part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Subscribe and listen on Apple, Spotify, and wherever you listen to podcasts. Send feedback email to podcasts@brookings.edu, and…

Denver Plans Direct Flights to a “Growing African Continent”

DENVER  — (AFRICA NEWS MATTERS)  Recently we learned Denver International Airport (DIA) and the city of Denver, fondly called the mile-high city, in the US state of Colorado, have begun exploring possibilities for direct flights to continental Africa. DIA has set up a team that is working on this initiative called Denver Air Service Committee.…

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A Case for Susan Rice as US Vice President

As America crawls toward the November 3 General Election, there is plenty of speculation, including prognostication, about who former vice-president and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will pick as his running mate. First, some context. Perhaps you are not a political junkie, you are just a layperson or an average Joe and may be wondering…

6 African Development Stories You May Have Missed

No doubt, coronavirus has become one of the deadliest diseases in modern history, with about 500,000 casualties worldwide. The pandemic has left in its wake severe economic consequences, especially for the world’s developing nations. Despite the many socio-economic challenges faced and exacerbated by the pandemic, many African nations have shown great resilience. The news continues…

Reports of Ethiopian Airlines Crash Leads the News Globally

Reports that an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed Sunday, March 10 en route from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi, Kenya woke me up early in the morning. I received two alerts on my smartphone early in the morning, from the New York Times, as well as from Reuters, which…