In the US-China trade war, Africa is turning into a technological battleground. In particular, China’s “Digital Silk Road” ambition to link emerging markets with hi-tech telecommunications hardware infrastructure has sparked fears in Africa. In Zimbabwe, a Chinese company’s development of facial recognition software is compared to Big Brother, while in Mauritius politicians express unease over Huawei’s installation of 4,000 cameras. Long before the Digital Silk Road, China played an integral role in developing Africa’s tech infrastructure. Huawei and ZTE built and laid fibre optic and submarine cables off Africa’s coasts, helping drive growth of mobile phone and internet penetration. China invested US$16 billion in Nigeria’s telecoms sector alone from 2003 to 2018, half of total capital inflows.
CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES
Center for Africa Studies (AFRAM) which located in Ankara, is an organization facilitating under the administration of African Affairs Council (AFAC). It makes various researches about Africa to enhance economic and cultural bounds between Africa and Turkey. AFRAM’s publishings has been shared with different institutions as they require to obtain.
Africa Observatory is one the publishing of AFRAM and it has been published each two weeks. It has been delivered to different institutions via e-mail.