Assessing China’s role in foreign direct investment in Southern Africa

Van Der Lugt, Sanne
Hamblin, Victoria
Burgess, Meryl
Schickerling, Elizabeth
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Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University
Popular claims link the inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) almost automatically to economic development. This notion increased in prominence with the rise of neo-liberal thinking in the 1980s. It was also fuelled by the success of the so-called Asian Tigers achieving high growth rates, coupled with poverty reduction through an outward market-policy orientation. This study explores FDI in Southern Africa and Zambia specifically, based on the analysis of policy documents and interviews with a small sample of twelve Chinese and African government officials, CSO representatives as well as private sector representatives.
An original research report by the Centre for Chinese Studies prepared for the Oxfam Hong Kong, March 2011
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Africa, Southern -- Foreign economic relations -- China, China -- Foreign economic relations -- Africa, Southern, China -- Foreign economic relations -- Zambia -- Case studies, United Kingdom -- Foreign economic relations -- Africa, Southern, Investments, American -- Africa -- Southern, Investments, Chinese -- Zambia -- Case studies, Investments, Chinese -- Southern Africa, Investments, American -- Zambia -- Case studies, International relations, African markets, Development assistance, China -- Commercial policy -- Africa, Southern, Centre for Chinese Studies, South-South Cooperation
Van Der Lugt, S., Hamblin, V., Burgess, M. & Schickerling, E. 2011. Assessing China’s role in foreign direct investment in Southern Africa. Research reports. Centre for Chinese Studies: Stellenbosch University.