Kelvin Tan, secretary general of the Africa South East Asia Chamber of Commerce looks at how to address the Africa-Asia trade imbalance.
A resource-rich country such as Zambia sells its copper to the mining companies, but if it rented out the asset instead it could derive much longer-term benefits.
Mining companies are reacting negatively as more countries seek greater control of their mineral wealth.
A historic $400m fund for workers stricken with lung diseases shows that mining houses are finally owning up to past injustices.
As demand for raw materials rises, African governments are looking to negotiate more profitable arrangements with mining companies.
In January, officials from the Republic of Congo announced the country’s application for membership of OPEC.
With the world economic situation improving, the prospects for Africa’s minerals are looking up.
An agreement between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to coordinate cocoa production is striking in its rareness.
The IMF predicts growth in sub-Saharan Africa will fall to 1.4% in 2016 mainly due to declining commodity prices.
Companies cut back on new developments and re-focus on profitable production in a response to the continued slump.