China-Africa summit: what to look for beyond the hype and hypocrisy

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Beijing’s selection of South Africa to host the China-Africa heads of state summit may indicate Chinese President Xi Jinping’s personal commitment to the continent. This is the first time the summit is being held at this level in Africa. It may also show his desire to reassure Africa …

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African universities advised to team up on agriculture

By Inga Vesper [ADDIS ABABA] Universities across Africa must link up their agricultural research and teaching programmes to help modernise farming on the continent, a conference heard. Speakers told the UN’s third Financing for Development conference in Ethiopia this week that universities should align their agricultural science efforts and collaborate with each other to compete …

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Enduring tensions bedevil Nigeria-South Africa relations

Bheki Mngomezulu, University of KwaZulu-Natal Relations between South Africa and Nigeria have always had some turbulence. In the latest tense episode, Nigeria withdrew its ambassador, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, and its high commissioner, Martin Cobham, after a series of xenophobic attacks in South Africa in April. Behind this latest quarrel lies a deeper and more enduring tension …

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Africa needs IP protection to build knowledge economies

By Paul Boateng [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] The next generation of African entrepreneurs and scientists need support to protect their ideas, says Lord Boateng. Despite Africa’s strong economic growth and improving status as a competitive place to do business, the continent has an underwhelming record on creating and protecting intellectual property …

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African Union banks on ST&I to fast-track development

By Adole Abutu [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] [DAKAR] Africa is determined to integrate science and technology into efforts to fast-track the continent’s development, says African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma. Speaking during an interview at the sidelines of the 2015 African Higher Education Summit in Senegal, Dlamini-Zuma told SciDev.Net that …

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