The Republic of Korea’s (ROK) President Park Geun-hye will visit Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya this week in an effort to bring the ROK’s economic engagement with African partners up to par with well-established China-Africa and India-Africa relations. As anti-ROK rhetoric from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) surges, stability on the Korean Peninsula will also be at the forefront of discussions as Seoul seeks to block burgeoning defence relationships between the DPRK and some African states. But securing political support in East Africa will be a more complicated affair as these states are willing to build relationships on both sides of the 38th parallel.… Seguir leyendo »
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Plans for a 1,410-kilometre heated pipeline from Hoima in western Uganda to Tanzania’s deep water port at Tanga have been chosen to carry Uganda’s oil to international markets, over the initially favoured ‘northern route’ through Kenya. Heavy lobbying by international oil companies, changes in regional politics and Kenya’s fragile security situation seem to be major reasons behind Kampala’s change of heart. But by engaging a member long seen as a hindrance to integration efforts, a cross-border project with Tanzania could also help spur the development of the East African Community (EAC).How the Kenya deal fell through
On 10 August 2015, the presidents of Uganda and Kenya publically agreed to jointly develop a pipeline, depending on Kenya meeting a number of conditions.… Seguir leyendo »