NAI’s head of research visits China
The Nordic Africa Institute’s head of research, Fantu Cheru is currently participating in a high level meeting between African policy makers and Chinese state officials. Li Yong, China’s Vice Minister of Finance, Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank and Vincent Karega, Minister of Infrastructure in Rwanda are amongst the participants.
The China-Africa experience-sharing programme began on September 14 and focuses is on special economic zones and infrastructure development. Cheru’s contributions will be in the areas of growth and poverty reduction. His inputs will deal with the improvement of productivity due to policies that promote access to markets.
During his visit Cheru will also participate in the third China-Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Study Group which will be chaired by the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China and OECD-DAC in Beijing on September 19. They will discuss China’s increased engagement in Africa’s infrastructure development. Other issues on the agenda will be improved cooperation between China, DAC donors and African countries.
Relationship between China and Africa is one of Cheru’s research areas. ‘The Rise of China and India in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Critical Interventions’, edited by Fantu Cheru and Cyril Obi, was published earlier this year. It explores the actual impact of China and India's growing involvement in Africa's economic transformation. It proposes that African governments’ should start critical interventions which will strengthen and inform their negotiating platforms and capacity with China and India.