How China is filling the investment vacuum in Africa

15/04/2017 (Arab News – KSA by John Defterios*)After living with my family in the UAE for six years, it was high time to take advantage of the reach of Gulf airlines and pursue an African safari. The goal was a simple one, to see the “Big Five”: Lions, cheetahs, leopards, rhinos and elephants.  The destinations were two of Kenya’s natural treasures: The Maasai Mara National Reserve and Lake Nakuru in the heart of the sprawling Rift Valley. Our journey, thanks in large part to our highly knowledgeable guide, was a success.  We spotted all five at both locations and took in more than one could imagine when it comes to other animals, birds and plants. While I certainly enjoyed what Mother Nature had to offer, I also witnessed firsthand what I had only read about in detail before, China’s presence in Africa, especially in Kenya…

*John Defterios, CNNMoney emerging markets editor and CNN anchor, is the host of “Marketplace Middle East.”




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