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East Africa International Business Forum October 6, 2008

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From 29 to 30 October 2008 in Kigali, Rwanda will bring together stakeholders in the East African Business Community as well as potential investors. The Forum is being organized by the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and the East African Business Council (EABC) with the support of the government of Rwanda and should be an important shop window for the five countries that make up the East African Community -Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi 

The East African region has a market of approximately 100 million people. Already the US-based Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), Germany’s Afrika-Verein and the French Council of Investors in Africa (CIAN) have announced their support for the forum, bringing with them representation of well over 250 companies. These organizations along with CBC will represent a huge number of Africa’s leading investors – bringing together five of the G8 countries as well as India, Nigeria and South Africa. Their involvement is said to likely contribute to increased investment in East Africa. The forum is themed  Trade and Investment Opportunities: East Africa – One Market, One Destination.

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The Rise of China and the Future of the West January 9, 2008

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G.J Ikenberry writes:

The rise of China will undoubtedly be one of the great dramas of the twenty-first century. China’s extraordinary economic growth and active diplomacy are already transforming East Asia, and future decades will see even greater increases in Chinese power and influence. But exactly how this drama will play out is an open question. Will China overthrow the existing order or become a part of it? And what, if anything, can the United States do to maintain its position as China rises?

Some observers believe that the American era is coming to an end, as the Western-oriented world order is replaced by one increasingly dominated by the East. The historian Niall Ferguson has written that the bloody twentieth century witnessed “the descent of the West” and “a reorientation of the world” toward the East. Realists go on to note that as China gets more powerful and the United States’ position erodes, two things are likely to happen: China will try to use its growing influence to reshape the rules and institutions of the international system to better serve its interests, and other states in the system — especially the declining hegemon — will start to see China as a growing security threat. The result of these developments, they predict, will be tension, distrust, and conflict, the typical features of a power transition. In this view, the drama of China’s rise will feature an increasingly powerful China and a declining United States locked in an epic battle over the rules and leadership of the international system. And as the world’s largest country emerges not from within but outside the established post-World War II international order, it is a drama that will end with the grand ascendance of China and the onset of an Asian-centered world order

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