Africa

Morocco returns to the African Union amidst unresolved issues

On 30 January 2017, the number of member states of the African Union (AU) rose from 54 to 55. On that day, nearly 40 of its members supported the request for readmission to the pan-African organisation filed by Morocco, the only state on the African continent that had hitherto [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The Return of Africa

The population of Africa has passed the 1.2 billion mark and will double between now and 2050, overtaking China and India combined. Regional GDP already exceeds US$ 3 trillion and the growth in consumption is expected to offer significant prospects and opportunities for local and foreign companies alike over [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The other necessary international coalition: against the Ebola epidemic

The international coalition against the Ebola epidemic is slowly being built upon the accumulation of mistakes made in the recent past. The number of cases in West Africa is growing exponentially –doubling every month— and now totals well over 3,000. Speaking at the UN, Barack Obama warned of the [...]

Is China becoming a ‘normal’ oil player in Africa?

Chinese investments in Africa increased from roughly US$1 billion in 2000 to over US$200 billion in 2012, a significant part being related to the extraction of natural resources. China has become the third-largest importer of African oil, which now accounts for around one-third of its total oil imports. Oil [...]

Spain: looking ahead to the African Century

I am a great believer in Africa. In 2010 a study by the McKinsey Global Institute stated that six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies in the previous decade were not in Asia but on the African continent. Since then, my scepticism regarding an African economic miracle has gradually [...]

Sudan: a potential area of investment?

Sudan has always been a trading and cultural bridge between Africa and the Arab world and, consequently, a land of great diversity –ethnic, cultural and religious–. The country has experienced a long internal conflict for around 50 years that only recently, in 2011, led to the independence of South [...]
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