Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in April 2018. China surpassed the US as the top trading partner of Africa in 2009. Photo: EPA-EFE Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in April 2018. China surpassed the US as the top trading partner of Africa in 2009. Photo: EPA-EFE
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in April 2018. China surpassed the US as the top trading partner of Africa in 2009. Photo: EPA-EFE
Lexi Novitske
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Lexi Novitske

China can beat the US in the African tech battleground if its investors form partnerships with local firms

  • China can both ease concerns about its intentions in Africa and better meet the continent’s unique needs by putting its money behind those with local know-how

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in April 2018. China surpassed the US as the top trading partner of Africa in 2009. Photo: EPA-EFE Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in April 2018. China surpassed the US as the top trading partner of Africa in 2009. Photo: EPA-EFE
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in April 2018. China surpassed the US as the top trading partner of Africa in 2009. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Lexi Novitske

Lexi Novitske

Lexi Novitske is a venture investor driving growth in Africa’s tech companies. In 2014, she launched Singularity Investments, and transitioned the portfolio to the Africa Future Fund, where she is a partner. Lexi is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Kauffman Fellow.