Summary of Private Chinese Investment in Africa

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Private Chinese Investment in Africa summary
World Bank experts explain the real story behind China’s growing investment in Africa.


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Outsiders tend to attribute grand, monolithic motivations to China’s international activities. In fact, privately held small and midsize firms drive China’s work in Africa, where they pursue profitable opportunities and function like any other nation’s businesses. This report – sponsored by the World Bank – presents original research into how the Chinese government selects African nations as investment sites and how Chinese firms operating in Africa see their roles. It suggests ways that all parties can improve the growth prospects of both Chinese businesses and African economies. getAbstract recommends this concise, worthwhile, though statistics-heavy, study to global executives operating in Asia and Africa, and to those who are thinking about it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What Chinese investment in Africa involves
  • How the Chinese government, African nations and Chinese firms operating in Africa view their respective roles
  • What implications this information has for businesses and state economic policies


China’s relatively recent – and noteworthy – spate of investment in Africa has raised speculation about its intentions. China provides some African nations with much-needed funds, infrastructure and jobs. Some opponents question China’s underlying motives and raise the specter of geopolitical ambitions...
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Xiaofang Shen is a scholar at the China Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

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