fernandodanielsousa has written 4 posts for European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

The “Addax affair”: Gabon challenges China in oil dispute

In June 2013, the Gabonese government informed Addax Petroleum, a subsidiary of the Chinese international oil giant Sinopec that it planned to withdraw the drilling licence for its Tsiengui onshore oilfield after the current contract expires in 2015. The reasons cited relate to contract violations; moreover Gabon is accusing Addax of failing to pay customs duties and not respecting … Continue reading

China’s investment in ports: what is behind the “String of Pearls” theory?

What have the ports of Humbantota and Colombo in common? Separated by about 200 kilometres, these important ports of Sri Lanka are subject to deep restructuring works by Chinese companies. Investment exceeds $1 billion each. Both projects, scheduled for completion by mid-2013 and April 2014 respectively, are going to expand the ports and their rail … Continue reading

China’s presence in African ports: investment across the ocean

In March 2013 China announced a $ 10 billion investment in East Africa, for construction of a new port at Bagamoyo, Tanzania, northwest of the capital Dar es Salaam. Scheduled for completion by 2017, Bagamoyo is to become by far the biggest port in Africa. With a planned cargo of 20 million containers per year, it will … Continue reading

Development in Africa: the mobile phone factor

The UN Human Development Report 2013 points out that telecommunications, especially mobile phones, have helped Africa along its path towards the desired development by allowing significant improvements in key areas for the future of the continent. Development goes mobile In recent years, economic growth in the South has been fuelled by increased investment as well … Continue reading

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