A F R I K A S O U R C E S
Nile Water Conﬂict - “The Egyptian political and diplomatic structure still looks at Africa from a position of superiority, they still see it as the old Africa
just after colonialism. Egypt must stop perceiving Africa in such a regressive way and our dealings with Africa should be revised on a more equitable and
developmental level” - Nabil Abdel-Fattah, researcher at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies
Natural hazards alerts The Natural Disaster Risk Index (NDRI), Maplecroft Legal and Regulatory
DRCongo - 17 May 2010. Landslides caused by a released by Maplecroft, ranks 229 countries Environment Atlas 2010
volcanic eruption kills at least a dozen people and according to the human impact of natural The Legal and Regulatory Environment Atlas
leaves at least 36 other missing on Mount disasters in terms of deaths per annum and per 2010 has been developed by Maplecroft to
ELGON, in North Kivu. million of population, plus the frequency of events enable organisations to identify and monitor a
as well as the likelihood of earthquakes, volcanic range of risks in 172 countries arising from a lack
Uganda. 15 May 2010. Landslides in Uganda kill eruptions, tsunamis, storms, flooding, droughts, of respect for the rule of law, respect for property
8 people and leave 1,500 homeless, having landslides, extreme temperatures and epidemics. rights, insufficient access to remedy through legal
destroyed a number of properties. The landslides Asia accounts for most of the disaster-related systems, corruption, corporate governance, the
in Mbale, Sironko, Tororo, Kabale and Kanungu deaths since 1980. regulatory framework and supply chain complicity
were caused by torrential rain. Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan top a risk.
new ranking of countries at “extreme risk” of http://www.maplecroft.com/about/news/lre.html
Kenya. 10 May 2010. Local news sources report experiencing natural disasters compiled by a
that families have ignored a government order to global risk assessment company. The Earth Observatoryʼs mission is to
move from their homes as landslides continue in African countries at extreme risk are Ethiopia, share with the public the images, stories, and
parts of Central Province. The previous week, 34 Sudan and Mozambique, with 95 percent of discoveries about climate and the environment
families were evacuated from their homes after a casualties due to drought. Since 1980 drought that emerge from NASA research, including its
landslide destroyed several homes in Mathira has caused 9,800 deaths in Ethiopia, 5,300 in satellite missions, in-the-field research, and
East district, Central Province. Two people were Sudan (ranked 5th) and over 3,400 in climate models.
killed as a result of the landslide in Mathira East. Mozambique (9th). http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/
Chinese investments deepens in Africa
A recent oil deal in Nigeria suggests that China is set to continue investing in AFRIKASOURCES CONSULT Ltd is a multiservice
Africa in a bid to ensure a secure supply of resources to fuel its fast-growing development consulting ﬁrm that provides tailor-
economy. On 13 May 2010, China State Construction Engineering Corporation made expertise and services to governments,
(CSCEC) and Nigeria's state-run oil firm NNPC signed a deal worth $23bn that international organizations, private companies and
will see the Chinese company build three oil refineries and a petrochemicals We offer independent expert advices and practical
complex. The project will add 750,000 barrels per day (b/d) of extra refining support services in the effective implementation of
capacity, well in excess of the domestic demand of 450,000 b/d that is development strategy, helping our clients identify
expected when the project is finished in five years time. best value, manage risk, and realise higher levels of
success from their programme and initiatives.
The Chinese decision to focus its attention upstream in the production process Our capabilities are grouped into the following
reflects the Nigerian government's requirement that foreign companies must invest in developing the areas, which run horizontally throughout our
country's infrastructure before they can benefit from its oil and gas exports. The fact that China is market sectors:
willing to expose itself to the risks of investing in Africa demonstrates the lengths that the Chinese • Consulting - Advising clients on the practical
authorities will go to to ensure access to oil supplies. Energy security is a growing concern for China implementation of development strategy from
the earliest stages of project lifecycles.
given the significant amount of energy that will be required for it to continue on its current • Managed Solutions - Providing teams of
development path. experienced, specialist practitioners to manage
Meanwhile, a Chinese deal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been hit by charges of and implement client project.
corruption. The $9bn deal was signed in 2008 with China agreeing to fund copper and cobalt mines, • Monitoring and evaluation, planning at
regional, national and local level, logical
4,000km of roads and railways and new schools, hospitals and clinics in return for 6.8 million tonnes framework analysis, training and workshop
of copper and 620,000 tonnes of cobalt over 25 years. The deal is under investigation by a facilitation, project management
commission set up by the National Assembly of DR Congo regarding the alleged disappearance of a • Lobbying, “spin doctor”, “image building”
$23 million signing bonus that the Chinese were due to have paid Gecamines, the local partner in
The DRC deal, along with a number of other Chinese investments in Africa, has been the subject of
criticism, with claims that China is only interested in exploiting Africa's natural resources to fuel its
rapidly expanding economy with little regard for African development. China has retorted that such
criticism comes from Western nations that fear China's economic growth and that, by investing in
Africa, China is contributing to development there.
These deals are examples of the growing integration between China and Africa. With such
integration comes an increased exposure to risk factors in the partner country, such as economic is Advisor in Investment Strategy, Sustainable
d e ve l o p m e n t p o l i c i e s a n d S t ra t e g i c R i s k
contagion and political instability. In particular, China has left itself open to the consequences of the management.
unstable and insecure nature of many African states. He has worked on investment strategies and
Between 2006 and 2008, Chinese exports to Africa increased from $26.7 billion to $49.8 billion, strategic risk evaluation in La Reunion and Africa for
according to a report to be released this week by Chatham House, a London-based policy group. the last 10 years.
He’s been involved in various projects in India,
And Chinese imports during the same period more than doubled, from $28.8 billion to $56.8 billion. China, Zambia, Djibouti, Egypt, Senegal and has
worked for COMESA.
See “Investment in Africa: All to Play For” - CHATAM HOUSE 
He’s based in Cairo [EGYPT].
Afrikasources advises on strategic risk management in Africa