Opening up the Great Lakes Region – the challenges of East Africa

Very few countries have not been built around sea routes and harbours, seemingly infinite sources of international trade and national increase of wealth. However, some countries without any waterfronts have developed, thus forming territorial enclaves within entire continents. This is the case of Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. Regrouped by the commonly accepted expression of Great Lakes Region, these central-eastern African territories, far from seas and oceans, are described as “inter-lacustrine”. Put together by this relatively abstract geographical structuration, these territories “between the lakes” – although collective imagination may sometimes fantasise this geographical construction -are lands with extremely complex geopolitical situations.  Continuer de lire « Opening up the Great Lakes Region – the challenges of East Africa »

Le dernier sommet du forum sur la coopération sino-africaine, quelles promesses?

Après le Sommet du Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) de septembre 2018, où en est la politique « d’aides » chinoise en Afrique ? Lors des visites du ministre des affaires étrangères de la république populaire de Chine, Wang Yi, du 12 au 16 janvier 2018, au Rwanda, en Angola, au Gabon puis à Sao Tomé et Principe, celui-ci a exprimé la volonté de son … Continuer de lire Le dernier sommet du forum sur la coopération sino-africaine, quelles promesses?