Of this, the western world has mostly been critical, accusing China of supporting corrupt regimes, acting non-transparently and exploiting African resources for their benefit Cheru und Obi , In fact, China is convinced that just like themselves African states are not ready for liberal multi-party democracy and that pushing for such reforms is the very reason for conflicts Carmody , Empirical evidence supports this statement, when for example the election in Kenya resulted in 1.
Bodomo, a Ghanaian Professor for African studies at the University of Vienna, stresses the distinct difference between conditionalities and contractual conditions. Negotiations between China and Africa, as well as any other bilateral agreements are always based on more or less symmetrical rules of engagement, however, these are in fact negotiable and do not include a full list of asymmetrical constraints without any possibility for discussion Bodomo , 27f.
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First, you build the roads and lay the powerlines, then the rest of the economy follows. Although he admits that the issue of bringing Chinese workers is not beneficial, he argues that at least the infrastructure built can lead to new businesses and jobs. He appreciates their sole focus on pushing forward projects rather than promoting a certain kind of political idea, and also adds, that in his opinion, only such true investment can put an end to the refugee crisis Etzold It is almost notorious to engage in activities in Africa without primarily focusing on humanitarian causes.
On the surface, this is a good cultural value, yet when digging deeper it is often conceived as paternalistic in nature Bodomo , 26f. One could even argue that concentrating on aid is partly the cause for tensions and negative sentiments towards each other.
This does not mean the EU should start ignoring what is happening in the developing world, but maybe it can be seen as a wake-up call to shift priorities, especially in areas that are usually served by the private sector. There is virtually no country in the world in this age of globalization that does not encourage foreign investment one way or another.
There must therefore be a globally implicit understanding that FDI is necessary to spur development. The fall in external financial flows is particularly worrisome in light of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs. Past experience shows that one of the most efficient manners to build necessary infrastructure is indeed capital investment by foreign investors Bodomo , 11ff.
But what is most astonishing is not yet the absolute volume, but the speed at which Chinese investment is growing — while FDI by the EU in the SSA region only demonstrates annual growth of Relative numbers describing FDI stock are largely analogous. In , infrastructure commitments from China even outgrew those of the World Bank Fioramonti und Kimunguyi , It seemingly being one of the major factors for the Chinese success, it is assumed that SEZs will boost diversification of the economy and promote manufacturing in Africa Kim Their role in the economic system is certainly significant, accounting for approx.
Farole , This kind of share grants Nigerian stakeholders the role of the deputy president of the board as well as positions as senior managers for legal affairs and local promotion.
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They did, however, offer capacity building: by inviting African officials to a day-long workshop during which field trips and experience sharing were meant to give an understanding, what was most crucial to success stories such as the SEZs in Shenzhen and Tianjin. Therefore, instead of downplaying Chinese engagements as destructive, the European Union could set an example by increasing their investment, focusing on its sustainability i. Countries are especially concerned about their agricultural as well as manufacturing sectors — under free trade rules, the EU is able to lucratively export processed food products, while African farmers are bound to produce products with a much lower margin, such as raw coffee and cotton for EU markets.
Furthermore, it has to be considered that many EU agricultural products are often subsidized and might therefore ultimately displace inter-African exports GRAIN Sanders , The intention to increase African domestic integrated markets in order to stimulate FDI Wouters, Defraigne und Burnay , 42 did not necessarily prove to be successful once individual countries started signing interim EPAs before regional negotiations came to a conclusion, but instead required new border controls within economic free trade regions in order to enforce EPA commitments Sanders , There is no theoretical or empirical proof that openness and all its concomitant phenomena will generate higher economic growth per se Djeri-wake , Similarly, they do not expect African countries to fully open their markets.
Bodomo notices that Chomsky already pointed out that all industrialized countries have applied protectionist trade and investment policies during one or several stages of their development Bodomo , 16f. Considering the massive divergence in resources and the unequal strength and capacity, the principle of reciprocity does not necessarily translate into fairness. GRAIN Through preferential market access, it is assumed that local companies are enabled to engage in new exporting opportunities more easily. Although not untrue, lately it has become clear that non-tariff barriers, in particular rules of origin ROOs , are sometimes more restrictive than tariffs Wouters, Defraigne und Burnay , Within Free Trade Agreements, they ensure that products from third countries do not avoid paying duties by shipping through countries with preferential access.
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