Afghanistan Begins Road Link to China; Beijing Discusses Adding Afghanistan to CPEC

On May 23, a government official in Afghanistan disclosed that construction had begun on a $5 million road in the country’s Pamir mountain region that will become the sole land route between Afghanistan and China. Once completed, the official noted that the road would be used to export raw materials to the Chinese market from untapped Afghan mines.

Chinese Space Contractor to Install New Satellite Ground Station in Southern Argentina

On May 23, the Argentinian government announced that a local commercial satellite manufacturer, Ascentio Technologies SA, will partner with a Beijing-based counterpart, Satelliteherd (also known as Beijing Aerospace Yuxing Technology Co. Ltd.), to install a satellite ground station at an industrial park situated on National Route 3 in Argentina’s southern city of Rio Gallegos. Rio Gallegos was specifically selected for its proximity to the ...

Huawei-Built Mobile Money Platform, Telebirr, Launches in Ethiopia Amidst Pursuit of Cashless Economy

On May 11, Ethiopia’s state-owned telecommunications company Ethio Telecom launched the country’s first mobile money platform, TeleBirr, which was developed by Huawei. The new mobile app will allow Ethio Telecom customers to send, store, and receive money through their telephone number. State-owned Ethio Telecom, which has a monopoly over Ethiopia’s telecommunications service, expects TeleBirr to facilitate 40-50% of Ethiopia’s total ...