There is one continent that the western world seems to dismiss as often as it can….like it does not matter…..but it does.
For instance….China is heavily invested in Africa…..the problem is their presence is having a negative effect…..
On a sticky morning on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Solomon Wambogo Munyua sprinkles water on the long and sturdy green shoots of the garlic crop he planted in January.
His farm is just one-eighth of an acre, perched on the humid mountainside in the fertile East African Rift Valley, over which glacier-capped peaks loom.
It isn’t an easy existence, and his concerns include issues ranging from transportation costs to the low prices paid for produce.
But these complaints are dwarfed by a new challenge farmers such as Munyua feel powerless to fight: imports of Chinese garlic flooding into the Kenyan market.
That is a great example…….
But China is not alone….Russia seems to be back in Africa……
Russia’s recent activities in Sudan and the Central African Republic have been the subject of intense speculation.
That’s because along with renewed economic ties, private Russian military contractors are reported to have been active in both countries.
This is particularly sensitive in Sudan, where there have been widespread, often violent anti-government protests.
Moscow has been increasingly turning its attention to sub-Saharan Africa, developing trade, security and defence links.
So, what do we know about Russia’s activities in Africa, and how extensive are they?
Russia is on the rise in Africa……
Six African Heads of State will be among global leaders and foreign dignitaries to eye-witness the official ceremony inaugurating the newly elected Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, scheduled to take place on May 7 in Moscow.
The importance of this ceremony is that Putin will continue to keep the symbols of power – the national seal, the national flag and a specially bound copy of the Constitution after taking the oath of office as President.
Africa is not likely to emerge as one of US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy priorities. But the continent is almost certain to be affected by the fallout from his hardline foreign policy views, his strong anti-Muslim pronouncements, his vow to eliminate Islamic terrorism, and his “America First” economic policies. And the prospects are probably bleak for any bold new development initiatives targeted at Africa like those rolled by his predecessors Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Over the past two decades, US Africa policy has enjoyed strong bipartisan congressional support from both Democrats and Republicans working together. But without a strong commitment to Africa in the White House or Executive Branch under Trump, the major programmes that have defined US policy in Africa for the past two decades will probably struggle to sustain the previous funding levels and state support.
Newsweek offered n small look at what the Trump Africa Agenda will look like……
The U.S. faces an ever-connected, dynamic, and often dangerous world. Nowhere are the obstacles and opportunities presented by these conditions more evident than in U.S.-Africa policy.
Despite offering little insight into this foreign policy thinking during the campaign, the president-elect will enter office facing a number of serious challenges to U.S. interests in Africa, but also an unprecedented chance to deepen a partnership with the fastest-growing continent in the world and advance American security and economic interests.
The following priorities should be of particular interest to the Trump administration:
As usual the US seems to care little for the Africa nations….only what can be pulled from their natural resources…..(see map to help one understand)……