The Middle East is deepening its economic ties with Africa. The Economist magazine recently ran an article, “The Gulf’s scramble for Africa is reshaping the continent (”, which focused on growing geopolitical ties and significant investments in infrastructure projects such as ports in various African countries.   

The leading countries are the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Qatar. For countries such as SA, with diverse interests worldwide, the Middle East’s growing interest in Africa requires proactive engagement, particularly for drawing in investments and opening up the market for exporting sectors of the economy.  ..

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