HOW AFRICA HOPES TO GAIN FROM THE 'NEW SCRAMBLE'

"The world needs to engage and help solve Africa's problems, which, sooner rather than later, will become global problems," Zambian economist Dr Dambisa Moyo argued in her 2018 article titled: Africa Threat.

• "There has never been a greater need for constructive international engagement on the continent. Besides, the global economy could reap significant rewards from positive engagement," Dr Moyo wrote.

• Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta agrees, saying during a recent visit to the US that Africa is "more than just a continent producing security threats or unregulated migration that must be contained," but that it offers investment opportunities to the world.


CHINA-AFRICA SUMMIT 2018

Major world powers are jostling for political and economic influence in Africa, but what is behind the renewed interest on the continent and what are African countries doing about it? The BBC's Dickens Olewe reports.


In recent years Africans have become used to seeing their leaders accumulate air miles while honouring invitations to attend a series of Africa-themed summits held around the world, often advertised as win-win partnerships.


HOWEVER, THE AU IS STRUGGLING TO IMPLEMENT AGENDA 2063 BECAUSE THE ORGANISATION LACKS THE CARROT-AND-STICK INFLUENCE TO CORRAL MEMBER COUNTRIES TO FOCUS ON THE AGREED PLANS, W GYUDE MOORE, A FORMER MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS IN LIBERIA, SAYS. HE ARGUES THAT WITH MANY AFRICAN COUNTRIES INCREASINGLY SADDLED WITH DEBT AND USING THEIR RESOURCES TO PAY OFF FOREIGN LOANS, THEY HAVE BEEN DISTRACTED FROM THE GRAND CONTINENTAL PLAN.

Last year, Japan, Russia and China hosted African presidents and heads of government; last month 15 African leaders attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, and invitations have probably already been sent for similar events reportedly planned in France, Saudi Arabia and Turkey this year.


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What's the interest?


A mixture of the continent's rich mineral resources, unexploited agricultural land, its influential 54 votes at the UN, stemming a growing threat of Islamist militancy, economic immigration, and anxiety, some say racist, about its burgeoning population, are among the issues behind this renewed interest.


UHURU MUIGAI KENYATTA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA

"Africa is more than just a continent producing security threats or unregulated migration that must be contained" --- Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

"The world needs to engage and help solve Africa's problems, which, sooner rather than later, will become global problems," Zambian economist Dr Dambisa Moyo argued in her 2018 article titled: Africa Threat.


"There has never been a greater need for constructive international engagement on the continent. Besides, the global economy could reap significant rewards from positive engagement," Dr Moyo wrote.



Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta agrees, saying during a recent visit to the US that Africa is "more than just a continent producing security threats or unregulated migration that must be contained," but that it offers investment opportunities to the world.