Connecting Africa to China

Alibaba expands in Africa

Alibaba has partnered with Flutterwave to provide African traders with Alipay Alipay is an online payment platform founded by Alibaba in China in 2004 Alipay, developed by Alibaba, the world’s second largest e-commerce company after Amazon, has over 900 million users worldwide. A partnership between Alibaba and Flutterwave will increase…

M-Pesa and WeChat link up

Money transfers between China and Kenya made easier thanks to a partnership between M-Pesa and WeChat London-based fintech firm, SimbaPay, established the link between the two tech giants Millions of people in Kenya use M-Pesa, a cellphone-based service that offers money transfers, financing and microfinancing. Founded in 2007, M-Pesa has…

Sustainable growth lessons from China

There are key lessons that can be learnt from China for sustainable growth in the agricultural industry Solutions at scale and innovation are key China offers various lessons on sustainable growth in the agricultural business. They are: Finance The long-term sustainability of agriculture relies on natural resources, which are affected…

China steps up the game in surveillance

Chinese researchers have designed a 500-megapixel facial recognition camera The camera can identify faces in massive crowds The development of a 500-megapixel facial recognition camera by scientists at the Fudan University and Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has changed the game…

Northern China to get a ‘forest city’

China’s first forest city will have more than 40 000 trees It will be self-sufficient with a host of environmental benefits China is to get its first forest city — 175 hectares of trees, shrubs, and plants that cover the buildings and form vertical forests – in Liuzhou, in Guangxi, a…

China and Italy to produce world’s first 3D-printed car

Italian company, XEV, has partnered with Chinese company, Polymaker They are going to launch the world’s first mass-produced 3D-printed electric car The first mass-produced 3D-printed electric vehicle was launched by Polymaker, a 3D printing company based in Shanghai, and XEV Italian company at the China 3D-Printing Cultural Museum at the…

China builds world’s largest air purifier

China has built an air purifier in Xian in Shaanxi province said to be the world’s biggest In experimental phase, the tower is performing well so far A 100m tall air purifier tower in the northern city of Xian in Shaanxi province, has been designed and built by scientists at…

Drone delivery an option in China

Chinese company JD.com has been using drones as a delivery option in four pilot regions in China since 2016 JD.com will soon launch 150 drone facilities to expand this offering JD.com, China’s biggest online retailer and e-commerce giant, started piloting delivery of parcels by drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, in…

Chinese grow jobs in Kenya

Chinese firms in Kenya have created around 130 000 jobs for Kenyans 50 000 local jobs created in 2018 Over 400 Chinese operated businesses in Kenya have collectively created about 130 000 jobs for local residents, according to the 2018/19 Social Responsibility Report by the Kenya China Economic and Trade Association. In 2018,…

China biggest investor in Nigeria’s oil sector

China invests $16 billion into Nigeria’s oil sector China faces dwindling oil production at home China has invested US$16 billion in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, according to Nigeria’s state-owned National Petroleum Corporation. As Africa’s top oil producer, Nigeria produces two million barrels of oil a day, which it wants…