Whither China in Africa: investments, policy and research?

Ellis Osabutey

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Chinese investments in Africa have been on an upsurge over the last two decades with significant related attention in the international business and development studies literature. Existing scholarly work on Sino-African relations observe the prevalence of state-owned enterprises with little attention to private Chinese firms in Africa operating in the formal and informal sectors. Various studies have evaluated the social, trade, competitive and employment effects. Others have observed the benefits and challenges to growth and development for the African side. Some limited studies have also reviewed the policy framework of both sides and note that there is so much room for improvement from the African side. This conceptual paper uniquely contextualises these and reveals that the African side also lacks the institutional framework required to gain the full benefits from Chinese engagement. We develop a framework that shows the interaction between key actors and then ask ‘where do we go from here?’ to proffer policy and research implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication20th Annual Conference of the International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD), University of Dar Es Salaam Business School, Tanzania
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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