Looking East: China’s Engagements with Africa

ACET has just released two specific country studies which detail China’s aid, trade and investment presence in Rwanda, and Ghana. These countries were selected for their currently low levels of Chinese engagement.

They are also in phases of development which many other countries across the continent fall into. Specifically, Ghana is a country firmly on the path of economic reform and Rwanda is small, with few resources but with an aggressive and innovative government.

Among the key findings, the studies identified opportunities to enhance integration and multi-sectoral linkages, strengthen Africa’s negotiation capabilities and increase economic diversification.

These reports are relevant as best practice guides to other countries embarking on an analysis of their own interactions with China. There is no African country which does not interact with China and which could not benefit from more. Therefore, as African countries prepare to take advantage of the opportunities presented by China’s interest, the strategic relationship between those countries – and indeed Africa as a whole – and China will become central to their development agendas. Realizing this, ACET has developed a Africa-China practice that uses its research and advisory core competency to offer African countries support in their engagements with China.

It is our hope that such interventions will improve their outcomes from aid, trade and investment with China and provide the evidence to define the scope of their own development agenda towards more transformational goals. Thus every country will need to undertake studies similar to the ACET studies shown below:

  1. Looking East – Ghana-China Case Study 2010
  2. Looking East – Rwanda-China Case Study 2010
  3. Looking East – Liberia-China Case Study 2010

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