Development Cooperation Partnerships: Forging an EU-India-Japan Trilateral in Africa
Competing Asian economies such as China, Japan and India have in recent years become progressively more active investors, traders and lenders in African nations. Africa as a continent has figured significantly in their foreign policy strategies. These Asian powers have employed more persuasive strategies to mark their presence, both as bilateral and multilateral partners, in this ever-demanding continent that is strategically vital to most powers in world politics today. While tapping into Africa’s vibrant markets and energy resources continues to be their prime strategic intent, contributing to underdeveloped socio-economic conditions in the continent through attractive infrastructure development and human resource development allows these economies to maintain stronger political contacts to serve their respective national interests.