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China-Africa: a maturing relationship? Growth, change and resilience

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Co-hosted by the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP), the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and ODI, 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. 

Held in parallel with the sixth ministerial conference and 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 aimed to highlight how African countries can actively engage with China to promote their growth and development.

The speakers 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.

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