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This is a subproject of the Export Supply Collaborative Research Project. In line with its objective of using the collaborative research modality to address topical policy issues of the day, AERC expanded the scope of the Export Supply Response Capacity Constraints project to shed light on the existing and potential impacts of China and India on SSA.

The objective of the project was to provide a basis for achieving a fuller understanding of the country and sector specific impacts of the relationships, the opportunities and challenges for the development prospects of the African countries, as well as an articulation of the appropriate overall and sector-specific policy measures that individual African countries may wish to take to advance their interests in the light of the impacts experienced and the opportunities and challenges faced.

Membership of Project Coordinating Team

  1. Olu Ajakaiye (Team Leader)
  2. Ademola Oyejide  (Project Coordinator – Trade)
  3. Michael Morris (Project Coordinator - Investment)
  4. Francis Mwega (Project Coordinator – Aid)

The list of the framework papers conducted under this sub-project were:

  1. The Impact of the Asian Drivers on Governance in Africa by Elizabeth Sidiropoulus
  2. Impact of China and India on Politics and Governance in sub Saharan Africa: Issues and Challenges by Melvin Ayogu
  3. Impact of Asian Drivers on Sub-Saharan Africa Agriculture and Food Security: Issues and Challenges by Marios Obwona  and Ephraim Chirwa
  4. The Impact of China and India on Africa: Trade, FDI and the African Manufacturing Sector: Issues and Challenges by Alemayehu Geda
  5. China, India, and African Manufacturing: Framework for Understanding The Impact of Aid and Migration by Dorothy McCormick
  6. Evaluating Asian Drivers Impacts on Sub-Saharan Africa Oil and Gas Industries: A Methodological Framework by Ernest Bamou  and Adenikinju Adeola
  7. Impact of China and India on Sub-Saharan African Metals, Ores and Minerals – Issues and Challenges by Richard Goode and Nehru Pillay
  8. Impact of China and India on SSA Infrastructure Development: Issues and Challenges by Martyn Davies, Sanusha Naidu, and Inyambo Mwanawina
  9. India’s Engagement in Africa: Scope and Significance by Aparajita Biswas*
  10. The Impact of Africa on China by Jing GU and John Humphrey
  11. Impact of China on Economies in East Asian Region by Ji Hong Kim
  12. The impact of China and India on the SSA: A methodological Framework by Raphael Kaplinsky
  13. Impact of China on Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities and Challenges by Lu Bo
  14. Flying with the Dragon?  Opportunities and Challenges for the GMS Countries by Mingsarn  Kaosa-ard
  15. Impact of China on Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa by He Wenping.

In view of the relative prominence of China compared to India, it was decided that the first phase of the project would focus on China.  Accordingly, a Call for Proposal for scoping studies to determine the size, structure and significance of Chinese Trade, Investment and Aid was prepared and issued in June 2007.  A total of 21 scoping studies were commissioned. The commissioned 21 scoping studies were to determine the size, structure and significance of Chinese relations with African countries and to provide a reliable basis for the disciplined selection of countries where specific in-depth case studies could be conducted.


  1. Scoping study on China’s Economic Relations: the Case of Angola by Lucy Corkin
  2. Configuration of Trade, Investment and Aid Flows between China and Cameroon by Sunday Khan
  3. Les Relations Economiques entre la Chine et l’Afrique subsaharienne : Cas du Tchad by Symphorien N. Tabo, Thierry M.-Asngar, and Christian Beassoum
  4. Impact de l’Emergence de la Chine et de L’Inde sur les Economies Africaines: Cas de la Cote d’Ivoire by Pierre Roche Seka and Clément K. Kouakou
  5. L’impact de la Chine sur l’économie de la République du Congo by Jean Christophe Boungou Bazika
  6. The Impact of the Asian Drivers on Africa: The Case of Ethiopia by Alemayehu Geda
  7. Ghana-China Trade, Investment and Aid Relations: The Impact on the Economy of Ghana by Ernest Aryeetey and Dela Tsikata
  8. Scoping Studies on Chinese Relations with Sub-Saharan Africa: Case of the Gambia by Bukhari Sillah
  9. Relations entre la Chine et l’Afrique sub-saharienne : Cas de la Guinée by Sekou Falil Doumbouya and Ibrahima S. Gassama
  10. The Extent of Chinese Trade, Investment and Aid with Kenya by Joseph Onjala
  11. Etude sur les Echanges entre Chine et Madagascar by Jean Razafindravonona
  12. Impact de la Chine et de L’Inde sur les Pays de L’Afrique Subsaharienne : Le Cas du Mali by Abdrahamane Sanogo
  13. Scoping Studies on Chinese Relations with Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Mauritius by Vinaye Dey Ancharaz
  14. Scoping Studies on Chinese Relations with Sub-Saharan Africa: A Proposal for Namibia Country Study by John E. Odada and Omu Kakujaha Matundu.
  15. Chinese and Indian Relations with Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Nigeria by Olawale Ogunkola, Abiodun S. Bankole and Adeolu Adewuyi
  16. Scoping study on China’s Relations with South Africa by Christopher Burke,  Sanusha Naidu, and Arno Nepgen
  17. Scoping study on China-Africa Economic Relations  by Noureldin Ahmed Maglad
  18. Scoping Studies on Chinese Relations with SSA: The Case of Tanzania by Humphrey Moshi and John Mtui
  19. The Impact of China on Uganda’s Economy: The Case of the Manufacturing Sector in Uganda by Marios Obwona,  Madina Guloba,  Winnie Nabiddo and Nicholas Kilimani
  20. Scoping Studies on Chinese Relations with Sub-Saharan Africa: Zambia by Inyambo Mwanawina
  21. Scoping Study on China’s Relations with Zimbabwe by Christopher Burke, and Hannah Edinger

This was followed by 20 in-depth country case studies listed below:

  1. Impact of China-Africa Trade Relations:  the Case of Angola by Ron Sandrey and Hannar Edinger
  2. Impact of China-Africa Investment Relations:  the Case of Angola by Carine Kiala and Lucy Corkin
  3. Impact of China’s Development Assistance to Africa: the Case of Angola by Carine Kiala
  4. Assessment of the Foreign Direct Investment: the Case of Sudan  by Kabbashi Suliman and Ahmed Badawi
  5. Impact of China-Africa Aid Relations: In-Depth Country Case Study of Sudan by Samia Satti Nour
  6. China-Africa Trade relations : A case study of Nigeria by Adeolu Adewuyi , Aminu Alarudeen , and Idowu Kareem
  7. China-Africa Investment Relations: A Case Study of Nigeria by Olugboyega A. Oyeranti, Adetunji Babatunde, Olawale Ogunkola and Abiodun S. Bankole
  8. L’impact des Relations Commerciales de la Chine en Afrique : cas de la République du Congo by Jean Christophe Boungou Bazika
  9. Impact of China-African Trade Relations: The Case of Cameroon  by Sunday Khan,  Francis Menjo Baye and Godwill K. Tange
  10. Direct Investment between China and South Africa by Stephen Gelb
  11. Impact of China-Africa Investment Relations: The Case of Zambia Jolly Kamwanga and Grayson Koyi
  12. Les Relations Commerciales Entre Le Mali Et La Chine by Abdrahamane Sanogo
  13. Impact of China-Africa Investment Relations: The case of Ethiopia, by Alemayehu Geda and Atenafu Meskel
  14. Impact of China-Africa Trade Relations: In-depth Case Study of Kenya by Joseph Onjala
  15. Impact of China Africa Investment Relations: In-Depth Analysis of the Case of Ghana by Dela Tsikata, Ama Pokuaa Fenny and Ernest Aryeetey
  16. Impact of China-Africa Aid Relations: The Case of Uganda  by Madina Guloba, Nicholas Kilimani and Winnie Nabiddo
  17. Etude Sur Les Impacts Des Relations D'investissement De China-Madagascar by  Razafindravonona, Eric  Rakotomanana and Jimmy Rajaobelina
  18. Impact de la croissance Chinoise sur l’économie Africaine : Canal du Commerce,  by   Olivier Ramiandrisoa,  Jean razafindravonoma,  and Aina Malala Rafalimanana
  19. Impact of China-Africa Trade Relations: An In-depth Case Study of Mauritius  by Vinaye Dey Ancharaz and Verena K. Tandrayen-Ragoobur
  20. Impact of China-Africa Investment Relations: An In-Depth Case Study of Mauritius  by Vinaye Dey Ancharaz and Baboo M. Nowbutsing

A regional dissemination conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was held on 28–30 September, which saw the participation of thirty embassies, the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).  A total of 114 participants attended the conference along with several media organizations.

A second regional dissemination conference targeting senior government officials from capitals in the ministries of Finance, Trade & Industry, and planning was held 27-29th April, 2011 in Accra, Ghana.  A total of 54 participants attended the conference. The activities of this project have been concluded.

 

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