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Regulating China-Africa cooperation imbalances

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Oxford University China-Africa Network

The Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN) with the support of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) present

The Conference on “Chinese Investment and African Agency”

hosted by the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford 11-12 March 2011

Regulating China-Africa cooperation imbalances

By Sanou MBAYE 1

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Africa’s two-tier economy

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The year 2010 will mark the 50th anniversary of independence of most African countries. But is there much to celebrate? Economic situation has been improving in recent years – mostly in Eastern and Southern Africa, where economic integration is proceeding within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). Unfortunately, this is More >

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CHINA-AFRICA COOPERATION – THE STAKES

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China-Africa Civil Society Dialogue : Development Challenges in Africa and the Chinese Development Experience

Beijing, P.R. China, October 18th -19th , 2010

For most of the past five decades African countries were locked out of international capital markets. As a result, they have largely been spared the twin woes of the 2008 financial turmoil and subsequent world economic downturn. The More >

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France-Africa leaders’ festivities : What to celebrate ?

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As the former French colonies of Africa head to Nice to celebrate the 25th France-Africa Summit at the end of May, Sanou Mbaye questions the enduring legacy they’re honouring. Following decades of political and economic tyranny forged by French politicians, the citizens of former colonies continue to absorb the impact of chaotic and ruinous policies left over from their imperial history. ‘As long More >

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Françafrique at 50

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DAKAR – This month, Africa’s Francophone countries will mark the 50th anniversary of their independence, and of the ties they maintain with France. But is there much to celebrate?

Even before French President Charles de Gaulle took office in 1958, he foresaw the wave of revolutionary nationalism that would soon sweep across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. As French president, he More >

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How the French Plunder Africa

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France’s unchallenged political, economic, and military domination of its former sub-Saharan African colonies is rooted in a currency, the CFA franc. Created in 1948 to help France control the destiny of its colonies, fourteen countries–Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Bissau Guinea, and More >

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CFA Franc: a Colonial relic

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The former sub-Saharan French colonies did not have to fight for their independence. De Gaulle, then President of France, granted it to them. These countries undertook immediately to dismantle the federal structure in which they were operating and erected trade barriers between them.

Paradoxically, they kept the CFA as their common currency. They surrendered the management of 65% of their foreign More >

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Sub-Saharan Africa on the Sidelines, A false economic dawn?

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After the collapse of the Mobutu regime Zaire, now renamed the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been left stripped of resources, in spite of the mineral wealth being eyed covetously by foreign investors. Elsewhere, the International Monetary Fund’s figures point to a significant improvement in sub-Saharan Africa. However, imposing structural adjustment, privatisation and deregulation policies More >

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