Financing the future of the Belt and Road in Africa

Local and Chinese supervisors at a construction site in Kilamba, Angola, 2019. Photo: Davide Scalengue
When: September 20, 2019
Where: London, United Kingdom
Add to Calendar 09/20/2019 04:00 pm 09/20/2019 05:30 pm Financing the future of the Belt and Road in Africa

This event focuses on the future of Sino-African development relations, in particular the Belt and Road Initiative in the East African context.

China’s investment in the African continent is increasing at a steady rate, with the country announcing the provision of $60 billion in financial support to Africa at the 2018 China–Africa Cooperation Forum.

As China plays an increasingly key role in the continent, we explore the future of Sino–African development relations. In particular looking at the impact and implications of opportunities generated by Chinese investment, such as lending practices by Chinese stakeholders.

We also focus on the Belt and Road Initiative in the East African context, looking at how it is financed by state actors and private investors who seek access to Belt and Road opportunities.

Contributing chair


  • H.E. Fesseha Shawel Gebre @EthioEmbassyUK – Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  • Yoon Jung Park – Associate Director of the China–Africa Research Initiative, Johns Hopkins University
  • Linda Calabrese @lindacalab – Research Fellow, ODI, China-Africa Lead, EPG (DEGRP)
  • Jinny Yan @jinnyan84 – Chief China Economist, ICBC Standard Bank

The event will take place at ODI, 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NL, on 20 September 2019, from 4pm to 5.30pm.

The image used on this page was taken by Davide Scalenghe as part of the SOAS project Industrial Development, Construction and Employment in Africa (IDCEA).

Register to attend in person or online via the ODI website