news roundup 20 March 2018

Posted on Mar 21 2018 - 7:50am by Editor

au sommet extraordinaire de L’UA à Kigali

[Djibouti’s President is expected at a special summit of the African Union in Kigali]

Xinhua – French China

Xinhua briefly reports on Djibouti’s President Guelleh’s visit to Kigali, Rwanda ahead of the African Union summit that will, as part of its agenda, discuss the Continental Free Trade Area – a project that has been under way for 40 years. Ahead of the upcoming meeting, due to take place on March 21st, delegations gathered to discuss African economic change and trade.

 

Djibouti: le PM décore une diplomate chinoise

[Djibouti: PM decorates a Chinese diplomat]

Xinhua

Dijbouti’s Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed promoted the Chinese economic and commercial advisor of the Chinese Embassy in Djibouti. Praised was her work bringing the two countries closer together. In response, Ms Ge Hua not only praised ‘excellent bilateral relations’ but mentioned specifically cooperation in economic and commercial areas including port infrastructure and railways.

 

Le president djiboutien félicite Poutine pour sa reelection

[Djibouti’s president congratulates Putin on his re-election]

Xinhua

Also reported by Xinhua, President Guelleh on Monday congratulated his Russian counter-part on his 4th term. Reportedly, Guelleh wrote that “There is no doubt that your action at the helm of the Russian Federation will contribute to strengthening relations of friendship and cooperation between our two nations.”

 

China’s Belt and Road Initiative heightens debt risks in 8 countries

Business Standard

Indian Business Standard has republished a piece on how China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative has raised ‘serious concerns about sovereign debt sustainability in the eight countries that it funds,’ according to the Center for Global Development. Djibouti is among the eight countries considered at risk. According to co-author Scott Morris, a senior fellow at the Center, “Our research makes clear that China needs to adopt standards and improve its practices, and soon.” The study further recommends multilateralising the Belt and Road Initiative.

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