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Edinger H.,Frontier Advisory | Pistorius C.,Frontier Advisory
Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy | Year: 2011

Chinese mineral companies are investing significantly in African resources sector. China's economic expansion, which has driven higher commodity prices, has significantly contributed to higher GDP growth rates, especially of resource-producing states. Sub-Saharan Africa recorded 6.2 % growth over the 2003-2008 periods following a similar upward growth trend to China. The absolute majority of exports to China are composed of raw minerals and metals. Sandrey and Edinger (2010) noted that in the period 2000-2008, the growth rate in Africa's trade with China increased about twice as fast as that with the USA or the EU. The share of Chinese FDI received by Africa is a small fraction of total OFDI from China. The top ten African country investment recipients constituted 76% of Chinese outward FDI stock in Africa, including mainly resource-endowed economies such as South Africa, Sudan, Nigeria, Zambia, and Algeria, and resource-poor economies such as Ethiopia.

Davies M.,Frontier Advisory | Draper P.,Frontier Advisory | Draper P.,South African Institute of International Affairs | Edinger H.,Frontier Advisory
Asian Economic Policy Review | Year: 2014

Current China-Africa relations have been statically framed: China invests in the continent and exports resources extracted by its state-owned enterprises and fuelled by aid flows, while simultaneously undercutting African industry through cheap exports. We frame this debate, then explore how the framework could adjust in response to changing economic realities in China, centered on the "rebalancing" of the growth model toward domestic consumption. We argue that a new wave of private sector-led, low-cost manufacturers may find its way to selected African shores, in the process transforming those economies and the way in which China interacts with them, both for the better. © 2014 The Authors. Asian Economic Policy Review © 2014 Japan Center for Economic Research.

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