South Korea: Africa's New BFF
They're being bullish in China's shop. Though the People's Republic has been trumpeted as sub-Saharan Africa's best investment partner, Korea's catching up, with bilateral trade increasing fourfold to $22.2 billion between 2000 and 2011. And Korea has an advantage: It, too, was once considered an underdog developing country, receiving aid until just twenty years ago, and now it's soaring with the high-income elite. While some believe its willingness to work with quasi-authoritarian regimes could cause trouble down the line, South Korea's betting on Africa's future prosperity - and loyalty.