Sanusha Naidu


There was no question about the ANC winning this election, despite disaffection with its performance. The opposition parties have not worked hard enough to convince voters that they are a better alternative.

In the latest news involving Africa's engagement with China, India and other emerging powers: Asian giants extend assistance to Ghana; No prominent African politician congratulates Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo; China keen on investing in Sudan; China urged to withdraw funding from Ethiopian dam; Exim Bank gets $150 mn to push India-Africa trade; Uganda seeks easier study visas, job permits in India; India’s total trade with COMESA rises more than three-fold; Russia's LUKOIL more

In this week's emerging powers news roundup, Exim Bank of India to open office in Addis, IBM says Africa is the new growth frontier, Chinese consortium mulls $20bn investment in Nigeria’s infrastructure, and South African construction firms look North as work dries up.

In this week's roundup of emerging powers news, Zimbabwe, China strengthen economic cooperation, China Cement Maker Signs S. Africa Deal, Chinese-built hospital risks collapse in Angola, India commits USD 6.7 mn to African bank, and Lula da Silva to visit Cape Verde in July.

In this week's roundup of emerging powers news, will Japan follow in India and China’s footsteps?, World Bank votes $180m for research in Africa, China and Africa envision new security cooperation, China's Sinopec reports oil discovery in Nigeria, and SA and Brazil pledge to boost trade.

In this week's roundup of emerging powers news, India’s complacency leads to Chinese takeover of huge Ethiopian rail project, Airtel Enters into Strategic Partnership with Oglivy Africa, UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2010 “South-South Cooperation is launched, and Chinese tuition offers solutions for Africans.

In this week's roundup of emerging powers in Africa news, South-South cooperation offers new opportunities for transforming African economies, Kenyan green group seeks ban on Ethiopian power, China hunts for resources in North Africa, World Bank blacklists Chinese firms, and Botswana seeks Indian companies' investment.

Following South African President Zuma’s first official visit to India last week, Sanusha Naidu investigates what kind of ‘strategic partnership’ was being forged between the two countries and who the partners were. Despite Gandhi’s vision for the commerce between India and Africa to be of ‘ideas and services’, this strategic partnership, says Naidu, is ‘really about the business of business is business’.

Chinese investments across Africa require ‘more than just a superficial understanding that China and other actors are going to be panaceas for Africa’s development or merely that they represent the next set of neo-imperialists’, writes Sanusha Naidu. Naidu explores the extent of these investments and suggests that a realistic assessment of where the practical benefits lie for Africa is needed to determine whether such a relationship is in the continent’s advantage.

The Shanghai Expo, which opened on 30 April, was not only a chance to showcase China's soft power, but also to catapult the country as a global trendsetter and strengthen the world’s fastest growing economy through design, tourism and cultural diplomacy by moving further up the global value chain. Sanusha Naidu explores what African countries seek to get out of their engagement with China within the context of the expo and beyond.