Africa’s Economic Transformation: exploring the Role of Chinese Investment
This webinar explores the role of Chinese investment in Africa’s economic transformation, and its path to a Covid-19 pandemic recovery.
In this webinar, the focus was on how Chinese trade and investment will contribute to a post-Covid-19 Africa and what the continent’s options are for making this interaction more fruitful.
In broad terms, the event focused on the following questions:
- How can trade and investment boost a post-Covid-19 recovery?
- How can African policy increase linkages between African and Chinese firms to boost job creation?
- How can development be maximised all along value chains, rather than in isolation?
- How can joint ventures and other longer-term partnerships be supported?
- How can policy boost virtuous competition while minimising malicious competition?
- What should African policymakers understand about Chinese investment?
This event was co-hosted by SAIIA and ODI, and launches the Development and Economic Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) new report Africa’s Economic Transformation: The Role of Chinese Investment. DEGRP funds world-class scientific research on inclusive economic growth in low-income countries (LICs) and is supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and UK Economic and Social Research Council.
- Anzetse Were – Economist, FSD Kenya
- Tang Xiaoyang – Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University and Deputy Director at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
- Lesley Wentworth – Managing Director of Tutwa consulting
- Linda Calabrese – Research Fellow in the International Economic Development Group, ODI and the Evidence and Policy Group (EPG) China-Africa lead
- Hannah Ryder – Chief Executive Officer at Development Reimagined