This one-day workshop brought together researchers from DEGRP's China-Africa research stream and SAIIA, as well as other participants from academia and the private sector, to discuss key issues influencing Sino-African relations.
A full live stream of the event is available above, or click here to watch the webcast in edited sections. A set of papers from the event is available here.
Click here for photos from the event.
Held in parallel with the second summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the workshop focused on three priority areas, designed to raise key issues for consideration at the summit:
- China’s changing role in the global economy and the impact of this on the African economic environment, as well as on development in Africa generally;
- the role of natural resources and wildlife in China-Africa trade, including opportunities for diversification away from a natural resources-based economic model;
- issues of governance, peace, and security.
Moving away from narratives of resource exploitation and power imbalance, the workshop aimed to shift the discussion towards an increased awareness of the complexity of the relationship between China and Africa, and the potential benefits of their ongoing interaction. In particular, the event highlighted how African countries can actively engage with China to promote their growth and development.
Our presenters drew from their extensive experience to highlight priorities to be addressed by African and Chinese policy-makers, while participants shared key lessons, approaches, and challenges that might influence China-Africa relations.
Date: 3 December 2015
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rosebank
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Draft programme (subject to change)
0930 - 0945 Opening remarks [Webcast]
Louise Shaxson (ODI/DEGRP) and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos (SAIIA)
0945 – 1045 Keynote address and discussion:
How to Jumpstart Industrialization and Structural Transformation in Africa
Presenter: Justin Lin (Peking University) [ pdf Presentation, PDF, 876 kB ] [Webcast]
Chair: Giles Mohan (DEGRP)
Helen Hai (Made in Africa Initiative, UNIDO) [ pdf Presentation, PDF, 1.6 MB ] [Webcast]
Peter Draper (SAIIA)
1045 - 1100 Coffee break
1100 - 1230 Challenges and opportunities for Africa in the context of China’s changing role
in the global economy
Deborah Brautigam (DEGRP) [ pdf Presentation, PDF, 3.2 MB ] [Webcast]
Peter Draper (SAIIA) [ pdf Presentation, PDF, 306 kB ] [Webcast]
Chair: Elizabeth Sidiropoulos (SAIIA)
Giles Mohan (DEGRP)
Terry McKinley (DEGRP)
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1445 Peace, Security and Governance in Africa: How is Africa reshaping China’s
engagement in the region?
Lina Song (DEGRP) [ pdf Presentation, PDF, 186 kB ]
Dan Large (SAIIA)
Chair: Romain Dittgen (SAIIA)
Helen Hai (Made in Africa Initiative, UNIDO)
Norman Sempija (SAIIA)
1445 – 1500 Coffee break
1500 – 1615 Natural resources and biodiversity in China and Africa in the new global
context [Webcast of session]
Xiaoxue Weng (DEGRP) [ pdf Presentation, PDF, 2.95 MB ]
Ross Harvey (SAIIA) [ pdf Presentation, PDF, 586 kB ]
Chair: Roger Calow (ODI)
Discussant: Yushan Wu (SAIIA)
1615-1700 Priorities for the FOCAC Summit and closing remarks [Webcast]
Watch a collection of short video interviews with DEGRP China-Africa researchers providing a snapshot of their specific research areas, which range from the employment impact of Chinese business in Africa, to the role of local government for economic growth.
Watch a series of videos on 'Shaping economic transformation in Tanzania', filmed at a high-level conference in Dar es Salaam, featuring a keynote speech from Professor Benno Ndulu, Governor of the Bank of Tanzania.
Transport Networks and Industrialisation
SAIIA opinion piece: What impact could the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road have on South Africa?
SAIIA Policy Insight: Silk, Cinnamon and Cotton: Emerging Power Strategies for the Indian Ocean and the Implications for Africa
GEGAfrica opinion piece: Development Finance with Chinese Characteristics?
SAIIA Policy Briefing: Nationalism with Chinese Characteristics: How Does it Affect the Competitiveness of South Africa’s Mining Industry?
SAIIA Occasional Paper: Chinese Resources-For-Infrastructure Swaps: An Escape from the Resource Curse?
SAIIA Policy Insight:‘Oil for Housing’: Chinese-built New Towns in Angola
SAIIA Policy Briefing:Chinese Economic and Trade Co-operation Zones in Africa: Facing the Challenges
SAIIA Policy Insight: Learning by Doing: China–Africa Co-operation and State Learning
SAIIA Policy Insight: China–Africa Co-operation: Capacity Building and Social Responsibility of Investments
SAIIA Occasional Paper: Chinese Agricultural Investment in Africa: Motives, Actors and Modalities
SAIIA Policy Insight: China–Africa Co-operation Beyond Extractive Industries: The Case of Chinese Agricultural Assistance in West Africa
Peace and security
SAIIA Policy Insight: South African Foreign Policy and the UNSC: Assessing its Impact on the African Peace and Security Architecture
SAIIA news article:China’s evolving approach to the African Peace and Security Architecture
SAIIA Occasional Paper: Riding the Sudanese Storm: China, India, Russia, Brazil and the Two Sudans
SAIIA Occasional Paper:China and Liberia: Engagement in a Post-Conflict Country 2003–2013
SAIIA opinion piece:The African Union and Security
SAIIA Policy Insight: Shifting Security Challenges in the China–Africa Relationship
Regional Integration and Economics
DEGRP Policy Essay: Sustaining growth and structural transformation in Africa
DEGRP Policy Essay: Shaping economic transformation in Tanzania
SAIIA Research Collection: The Political Economy of Regional Integration in Africa
SAIIA Policy Insight: South Africa and FOCAC: Enabling a Partnership for Global Economic Governance Beyond the BRICS?
SAIIA Occasional Paper: South Africa and China: The Making of a Partnership
SAIIA opinion piece: FOCAC’s Present and its South African Future
SAIIA opinion piece: South Africa and China: building bridges to beneficiation
SAIIA Policy Insight: Not Beating Around the Bush: Understanding China and South Africa’s Illegal Wildlife Trade
SAIIA opinion piece: 2015: The China Year in South Africa
SAIIA opinion piece: Ahead of FOCAC and toward Agenda 2063: A timely window for African think tanks to take the lead
SAIIA news article: SAIIA attends China-Africa think tanks 10 + 10 partnership
1615-1700 Priorities for the FOCAC Summit and closing remarks