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Olander, Eric. “African Futurist Jakkie Cilliers Looks Beyond Today’s COVID-19 Crisis.” Episode of the China in Africa Podcast. March 27, 2020. Streaming audio, 56:22. "Although the situation today looks grim, the head of the Africa Futures and Innovations program at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, Jakkie Cilliers, contends that, COVID-19 aside, a number of key global trends are actually lining up in Africa’s favor. In his new book, 'Africa First!: Igniting a Growth Revolution,' Jakkie provides a detailed forecast for the next twenty years on how trends in manufacturing, climate change and technology will shape the continent. It’s important to note, though, that his book is not one of those feel good 'Africa Rising' narratives that’s been so popular over the past 5-10 years. Jakkie doesn’t have any simple answers to what will be at times a long, difficult journey for a rapidly growing continent.
Olander, Eric. “China's Role in East Africa's Technology Stack.” Episode of the China in Africa Podcast. November 20, 2020. Streaming audio, 51:25. "The technology stack, either in a company or a country, is comprised of the different technology layers that together form a digital communications ecosystem. And in places like East Africa, Chinese technology is indispensable up and down the stack — everything from the internet cables that deliver connectivity to the networks that route all of the data and, most visibly, all those Chinese-made mobile phones that are ubiquitous. So, when the U.S. government focuses a disproportionate amount of attention on Huawei, and ZTE to some extent, they’re missing the much bigger picture where Chinese technology is pervasive throughout East Africa’s digital ecosystem. And Chinese tech companies aren’t just playing in the hardware space, they’re also becoming increasingly active in the African app market, e-commerce and laying the ground work for emerging technologies including blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Michael Kimani is closely following all of this from Nairobi where he’s an independent blockchain advisor to companies and governments in the region."

China's Economy

"Online Event: The China Economic Risk Matrix: Pinpointing the Dangers in China’s Financial System." CSIS. September 22, 2020. Streaming video. 1:33:08. Program begins about 4:45.

China's Foreign Aid and Overseas Lending

Orlander, Eric. “Why China’s Cutting Back on Overseas Lending.”Episode of the China in Africa Podcast. December 18, 2020. Streaming audio. 44:12.

Digital Currency

“Online Event: Digital Currency, Cross-Border Payments, and the International Monetary System. A Keynote Armchair Discussion and Expert Panel Presented by the CSIS Economics Program and the OMFIF Digital Monetary Institute.” CSIS. October 8, 2020. Streaming video. 1:31:49. Program begins about 0:29.
Howell, Jen Patja. “The Lawfare Podcast: Yaya Fanusie on 'Central Bank Digital Currencies: The Threat from Money Launderers and How to Stop Them.'” Lawfare. December 15, 2020. Streaming audio. 39:54. “Alan Rozenshtein sat down with Yaya Fanusie, a former CIA analyst and an expert on the national security implications of cryptocurrencies, who recently published a paper as part of Lawfare's ongoing Digital Social Contract research paper series, entitled, ‘Central Bank Digital Currencies: The Threat From Money Launderers and How to Stop Them’ They talked about how central banks are exploring digital currencies, how those currencies might in turn be used by criminals and terrorist groups, and how governments and the private sector should respond.”

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Global Competitiveness

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

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