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China in the African Solar Energy Sector

"Access to reliable and affordable electricity is critical for poverty alleviation and the improvement of livelihoods, including in the areas of education, health, and industrial development in Africa. However, a combination of factors, such as cli…

Development Aid for Infrastructure Investment in Africa: Malian relations with China, the European Commission and the World Bank

"This paper compares the terms of a selection of infrastructure aid contracts entered into by the government of Mali with both ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ donors. It asks whether these forms of aid, conventionally considered to be dichotomou…

The Myth and Reality of Chinese Investors: A Case Study of Chinese Investment in Zambia's Copper Industry

"In any attempt to analyse the implications of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) for African countries, Zambia is the example par excellence, its historical relationship with China and its ever-increasing economic ties with the emerging power …

Whither the Multilateral Trading System? Implications for (South) Africa

"So far the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has acted as a constraint on the worst protectionist pressures building in the global trading system following the 2008–10 global financial crisis, which is a testament to the system’s constraining power. …

Banking in Nigeria and Chinese Economic Diplomacy in Africa

"While Sino–Nigerian relations have grown significantly since the 1970s, several aspects of the relationship have been controversial and difficult. However, the special attraction the two countries hold for each other has made the relationship persi…

The Chinese Stance on the Darfur Conflict

"China’s role in Sudan is one of the most closely watched and, in many circles, controversial relationships on the continent. This paper provides a Sudanese perspective and argues that, far from profiting from its close ties with Khartoum, the Chine…

Policy Effectiveness and China’s Investment in the Zambian Mining Sector

"Despite the financial crisis of 2008–2009, the pace of China’s investment into Africa has quickened. This is re-configuring state–firm relations in Africa’s resource-rich countries. However, Chinese and Western investors have different approaches t…

BRIC and IBSA Forums: Neo-liberals in Disguise or Champions of the South?

South–South co-operation has existed for many decades and has played a key role in solidifying unity among developing countries. However, the concept of South–South co-operation has evolved from being concerned with geopolitics and opposing imperial…

China's Overseas Foreign Direct Investment Risk: 2008–2009

"Since the implementation of its ‘going-out’ strategy, China’s outward foreign direct investment (FDI) has experienced a rapid development, which has already become an important part of its overseas interests. This paper briefly analyses the current…

Chinese Investment in African Free Trade Zones: Lessons from Nigeria’s Experience

Nigeria’s free trade zone (FTZ) legislation has been in place for 17 years, but progress in implementation has been uneven and slow. The main FTZ in which Chinese companies play a significant role is the Lekki Free Trade Zone, where work began in 20…

China’s Engagement with the Nigerian Oil Sector

China used to access Nigerian oil exclusively through long-term contracts and purchases on the spot market, but its economy’s rapidly growing demand for oil has led the Chinese government to seek increased Chinese ownership of Nigerian oil reserves.…

China and Gabon: a growing resource partnership

"This policy report provides a focused study of Gabon, where Chinese involvement has begun to reshape the trade and investment patterns of the past. In so doing, it highlights the impact of and reactions to China's growing resource partnership with …

China's Lusophone connection

"In October 2003, unnoticed by the rest of the world, Macau hosted the first ministerial meeting of the Forum for Trade and Economic Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (hereafter referred to as the Macau Forum), bringing tog…

Ghana's relations with China

Ghana has gained independence in 1957 and has been very proactive in originating and implementing development programmes for which it has received substantial donor support. Ghana is not a resource-abundant country but enjoys a favourable coastal po…

Price power: China's role in the telecommunications sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The mobile phone in Africa is by far the most used means of communication as fixed line coverage is still weak. The ITU reported that 90% of all African subscribers today use mobile phones. Chinese investment in African telecommunications and inform…

Banking on Africa: Chinese financial institutions and Africa

"The Chinese drive into the resource sector in Africa has already received much attention in the media and, increasingly, in scholar literature. What has not been well understood is the role of Chinese financial institutions in support of the countr…

Towards China Inc? Assessing the implications for Africa

"The combined economies of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong amount to US$1.437 trillion making ‘Greater China’ the fourth largest economy in the world. Driven by exports China’s GDP growth averaged 9.7% in the two decades to 2000. Average GDP growth was …

Chinese Business Interest and Banking in Nigeria

China and Nigeria have extensive economic links covering a broad range of sectors from construction and retailing to manufacturing and oil production. Indeed, the impact of China is easily discernible in many aspects of Nigeria’s socio-economic life…

Chinese Debt, Aid and Trade: Opportunity or Threat for Zambia?

"This paper looks at the threats and opportunities of China’s involvement in Africa and Zambia, specifically relating to aid, trade and debt sustainability aspects, and offers policy recommendations that may enable ‘China in Africa’ to be beneficial…

Beijing's (Peking's) African Policy

"During the period December 1932 to January 1933 the Chinese Minister, Zhao Ziyang, visited Africa. This development led to speculation that China- would- renew her African involvement after a period of dormancy. This Brief Report focusses on these…

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