By Firoze Madatally Manji, Stephen Marks
A lot present statement on China in Africa specializes in the vested pursuits of the West whereas the voices of self sustaining African analysts and activists were misplaced. In a distinct choice of essays, the members to this publication current African social, ancient, and cross-continental views on chinese language involvement in Africa. members comprise Ali Askouri, Horace Campbell, Michelle Chan-Fishel, Moreblessings Chidaushe, John Blessing Karumbidza, Daniel huge, Anabela Lemos, Firoze Manji, Stephen Marks, Ndubisi Obiorah, Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Daniel Ribeiro, and John Rocha.
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On a positive note, there is no doubt that Chinese investments in Africa are having and could continue to have some positive impacts. China is helping African countries to rebuild their infrastructure and providing other types of assistance to agriculture, water, health, education and other sectors. This could have very positive spin-offs in lowering transaction costs and assisting African governments to address social calamities such as poor health services, energy crisis, skills development, etc.
In the DRC, Feza Mining, a joint venture between the Chinese company Wambao Resources Corporation and some Congolese businessmen, is finishing a pyrometallurgic plant which, according to the DRC’s Ministry of Mines, should produce 1,000 tonnes of pure cobalt per year. 8 China is to build a US$200 million copper smelter at Zambia’s Chambeshi Mine with a capacity to produce 150,000 tons a year. In Gabon, a Chinese consortium headed by the China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation (CEMEC) has been granted sole rights to exploit huge untapped iron ore reserves and build the costly rail links needed to reach them in the tropical forest.
This should include the inflow and outflow of goods and capital so as to stem the continued undermining of the economic interests of African states, be it by China or any other interested parties. Raising the stakes and the new scramble for Africa The emergence of China as a dominant player in Africa raises two critical challenges for Africa and the international community. The first one pertains to Africa’s weak administrative systems (poor revenue generation, manage- 28 THE EXPLOITATION OF AFRICA’S NATURAL RESOURCES ment and disbursement capacity), the absence of the rule of law and heavy dependence on natural resources.
African perspectives on China in Africa by Firoze Madatally Manji, Stephen Marks