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China-Africa Relations Governance, Peace and Security

"Relations between China and Africa have been gathering pace and getting depth since a couple of decades ago. In the wake of the 21st century, China-Africa ties have been further cemented in both the political and economic spheres. Both Africa and C…

China's Silent Storm in Sierra Leone

"There are many faces to China’s presence in Sierra Leone and its present role there. Chinese investments, ‘gifts’ and trading activities have gone some way to reshaping the stereotype of Beijing as solely an exploiter of Africa’s minerals resources…

Russia-South Africa Relations: Beyond Revival

"The policy brief analyses the main features of Russia–South Africa relations following a revival of bilateral interests in the context of the, so-called, new scramble for Africa and recent 5th BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, on 26–27 March 20…

Globalization Threats to and Opportunities for Foreign Direct Investment Lessons for Uganda and Other Low Income Countries

"Virtually all countries are competitively pursuing globalization as one of the major strategies for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). However, the Low Income Countries such as Uganda attract a lot less FDI inflows than the Middle and High…

Russia and Angola: The Rebirth of a Strategic Partnership?

"Africa and Russia in general, and Angola and Russia in particular, have a long-standing friendship dating back to the days when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was assisting African national liberation movements in gaining independ…

The Dark Side of Foreign Direct Investment: A South African Perspective

"The current account in the balance of payments is always of interest to the international finance community and South Africa is no exception in this regard. The current account signals a country’s ability to meet its external financial obligations,…

Perspectives on Trade, Investment and Competition Policy in South Africa

"In a liberalised trade and investment environment, trade, investment and competition policies together form a specific nexus. South Africa needs foreign direct investment to help address its need for employment creation, growth and development. Tra…

Donors versus Investors in Southern African Infrastructure Development

"The Southern African Development Community (SADC) suffers from a critical lack of regional infrastructure that, if remedied, could boost both intraregional trade and economic integration, while making the region more investor friendly. Regional int…

Transnational Corporations and Local Innovation

"This is a timely book on an important subject, namely, the effects of foreign direct investment (FDI) and the operations of transnational corporations (TNCs) on the innovation systems of host countries, in the case of this book, the BRICS countrie…

Building Opportunities : Addressing Africa's Lack of Infrastructure

Kenya announced a plan in late 2012, whereby $25 million will be spend on various infrastructure projects. Included with these projects was a 2000km pipeline from South Sudan to the Northern Kenyan town of Lamu and related improvements to Lamu's por…

Le Maroc et l’Afrique Pour une Mobilisation Nationale d’Envergure / An Important National Mobilization for Morocco and Africa

This publication intends to analyze the vision of HM King Mohammed VI giving stature and importance to the partnership between the Kingdom and the various African countries and to highlight it compared to the strategies of the Moroccan companies pre…

Nationalism with Chinese Characteristics: How Does it Affect the Competitiveness of South Africa's Mining Industry?

This briefing has shown that deep-pocketed Chinese companies, hungry for resources, may be willing to strike bargains with politically connected local opportunists such as Aurora or SOEs such as the IDC, whose mandate is stretched at best. If the I…

'Oil for Housing': Chinese-built New Towns in Angola

"China has gained a foothold in the African construction sector through the provision of ‘resources for infrastructure’ loans. The dominance of Chinese companies is particularly evident in mega projects such as railways, major transportation arter…

The Role of the State and Foreign Capital in Agricultural Commercialisation: The Case of Sugarcane Outgrowers in Kilombero district, Tanzania

The main research question is: what effect has privatisation of Kilombero Sugar Company had on its operations and surrounding communities? The paper contributes to the debate on large-scale land acquisition and agricultural commercialisation in sub…

L'Afrique : Nouvel Eldorado des Investisseurs étrangers ? / Africa: New Eldorado for Foreign Investors?

The surge of FDI in Africa was spectacular during the last decade: indeed, since the middle of the Nineties, the entries of FDI became the main source of external financing of the African countries and constitute more than double of the government a…

The Impacts of Illicit Financial Flows on Peace and Security in Africa

Ranges of estimates of illicit financial flows confirm that the problem facing Africa is large and has grown substantially. Losses annually in recent years range as high as $100 billion. For many countries the long term average has exceeded 10% of…

Chinese Resources-for-Infrastructure (R4I) Swaps: An Escape from the Resource Curse

This paper discusses whether resources-for-infrastructure (R4I) swaps employed by the Chinese government and companies reduce or increase the risk that a resource-rich country will fall prey to the resource curse. To answer this question the paper i…

Maximising Positive Impacts of Mining Projects: Stakeholders and Partnerships

"Despite the fact that mining-led growth is one of the few opportunities low-income African nations have of catching up with other countries, mining in Africa is not seen as creating local benefits. There is little co-operation among stakeholders i…

China and Zimbabwe: The Context and Contents of a Complex Relationship

"China’s relationship with Africa has been the subject of considerable interest and controversy. The general assumption that the continent is moving closer to China because of its generosity (in contrast with traditional Western partners) and the wi…

Is Zimbabwe Prepared to Reap the Benefits from BRICs Investments?

Equitability and sustainability should be exercised when natural resources are exploited. Diamond mining at Anjin has, to a large extent, revealed worst mining practices have been revealed, to a large extent, at the mining of diamonds at Anjin. The…

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