n African Renaissance - Learning from Asia : Chinese investment inflows to Africa and their possible impact on African management practices

Volume 2, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Asia and Africa make up 72 percent of the world's population and must play a defining role in the development of the world. To do so, the two continents must combine their physical and non-physical resources and inspire each other to greater heights in all aspects of human endeavour. This realisation was brought home very vividly in the speeches delivered by heads of government that met for the Second Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP) summit held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 22-23 April 2005 with participants from 78 countries. The first summit was held half a century ago. The declarations from the summit emphasised, among others, cooperation between the two continents in the areas of direct investment, market access, technical assistance and capacity building programmes, as well as greater private sector interaction. China is one of the key Asian countries that has established extensive collaborative relationships with Africa. Chinese influence on the African economy therefore deserves serious attention, hence the focus of this paper on China.

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