African and Chinese cooperation discussed at Beijing meeting
Fantu Cheru, the Nordic Africa Institute’s head of research, participated in a meeting about the role of infrastructure in promoting economic growth from a Chinese and African perspective in Beijing last week.
The meeting was held by the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) and the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC).
Over 100 people attended the meeting, including representatives from the related commissions and ministries, experts of the research institutes concerned, as well as delegates of African countries and international organizations.
The event analysed the means through which investments in infrastructure have brought about economic growth and poverty reduction in China, and considered the relevance of this experience for countries in Africa.
It also examined the increasing role of China’s engagement in Africa’s infrastructure and its potential impact and compared this with the lessons learnt by international donors.
Participants explored the opportunities, means and benefits from better co operation on support to infrastructure between China, DAC donors and African countries.
To facilitate the sharing of experiences and promote learning on economic growth and poverty reduction, the China DAC Study Group was established by the IPRCC in China and the OECD DAC in January 2009.