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Title:Close Encounters: Chinese Business Networks as Industrial Catalysts in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Bräutigam, Deborah A.
Year:2003
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:102
Issue:408
Period:July
Pages:447-467
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Mauritius
Subjects:Chinese
industrial development
entrepreneurs
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=J1RY9LANCAT3G6DXMUAH
Abstract:Chinese business networks form an important (and well-studied) component of transnational industrial capitalism in East and South-east Asia. Yet almost no attention has been paid to the dynamics of the growing role of Chinese networks as catalysts for industrial development in sub-Saharan Africa. This article explores two contrasting cases, in Mauritius and in Nigeria. In a hostile or indifferent policy environment such as that of Nigeria, and in a locale where there were no resident overseas Chinese, the Asia-Africa linkages remained limited to information, input supply, consulting services, and technical assistance. In contrast, in the encouraging policy environment of Mauritius, which also had a sizeable overseas Chinese population, transnational Asian capitalists created strong connections with local capital (Asian and other), invested in joint ventures, and formed part of a successful export-oriented industrialization. These cases suggest that, as Asian business networks expand their global reach to sub-Saharan Africa, they can provide an important catalyst for local industrialization. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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