It has taken a pandemic as severe as Covid-19 to jostle Sub-Saharan Africa into action to bolster its vaccine production capacity and capability, ... argues Stavros Nicolaou of Aspen, Africa's biggest drug company. For the first time in the region’s history, the continent is pooling its resources and aggregating volumes to mount a collective and co-ordinated response for its coronavirus vaccine needs.
The limelight may fall on France’s security investments in the Sahel, the Chinese companies building large infrastructure projects or the US energy giants spending billions on deep offshore oil projects.
But Africa’s partners are multiplying, and the figures are starting to add up. Turkey’s bilateral trade with Africa jumped from $5bn in 2003 to more than $23bn in 2018. Over the past decade, it adds up to almost $200bn.