Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Does China's Development Offer Lessons for Africa?

The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University published in October 2014 a paper titled "China-Africa Joint Research and Exchange Programme: Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC): Drawing Lessons for African Integration from Accelerated Development in China" by Clayton H. Vhumbunu, researcher at the Institute of China-Africa Studies in Southern Africa located in Harare, Zimbabwe. 

The paper analyses the main drivers of China's development including economic, governmental, cultural, infrastructural, technological, and agricultural reforms.  It examines how these serve as models of poverty eradication and suggests how they might accelerate development in Africa.  The paper asks the question what lessons can be drawn from the development experience in China to accelerate the African integration agenda. 

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