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The next factory of the world : how Chinese investment is reshaping Africa

Sun, Irene Yuan, author.
The next factory of the world : how Chinese investment is reshaping Africa / by Irene Yuan Sun.
Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, [2017]
211 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction: From the current factory of the world to the next factory of the world
  • Part 1. Realities: A human chain reaction
  • The life, death, and rebirth of factories
  • Cloth and clothing, steel rods and steel sheets
  • Taking a gamble
  • Part 2. Possibilities: On the line
  • Two steps forward, one step back
  • Good (enough) governance
  • "If we could do it, then so can this place"
  • Epilogue: Feeling the stones.
China is now the biggest foreign player in Africa: largest trade partner, largest infrastructure financier, and fastest-growing source of foreign direct investment. Chinese entrepreneurs are flooding into Africa, investing in long-term assets, such as factories and heavy equipment. The fact that China sees Africa not for its poverty but for its potential wealth is a striking departure from the attitude of the West, in particular the United States. For fifty years the West has engaged in countless poverty-alleviation and development-aid programs in Africa, yet Africa still has the largest number of people living in extreme poverty of any region in the world. Considering Africa's difficult history of colonialism, one might suspect that the current story of China in Africa is merely a story about exploitation of resources. Author Irene Yuan Sun follows these entrepreneurs and finds, instead, that they are factory owners, building in Africa what they so recently learned to build in China--a global manufacturing powerhouse. This gives rise to a tantalizing possibility: that Africa can industrialize in the coming generation. With a manufacturing-led transformation, Africa would be following in the footsteps of the United States in the nineteenth century, Japan in the early twentieth, and the Asian Tigers in the late twentieth century. Many may consider this an old-fashioned way to develop, but it's the only one that's proven to raise living standards across entire societies for generations. And with every new Chinese factory boss setting up machinery and hiring African workers, that possibility becomes more real for Africa.-- Provided by publisher.
Subject headings
Investments, Chinese--Africa.
Manufacturing industries--Africa.
Africa--Economic conditions--1960-
China--Foreign relations--Africa.
9781633692817 hardcover
1633692817 hardcover
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Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
HD9737.A352 S86 2017
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