Africa Week: Library focus on African development

European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

Our recent focus on China was just the first in a series. This week we put Africa in the centre of attention, to share with you our latest work on African development.

But even when the spotlight is on Africa, it is hard to ignore China, a key player in recent years on the black continent. Recently we examined China’s close ties with Africa. The strong mutual interest is primarily rooted in Africa’s abundant resources on the one side, and Chinese infrastructural investment and shipping of manufactured goods on the other. Indeed Chinese investment in Africa has reached unprecedented levels and contributes substantially to Africa’s development.

You may now wonder: Is this approach sustainable? And how does it contrast with EU development policy? Well, just read our briefing on China’s role in development in Africa: a challenge to the EU approach. Our short analysis China’s presence in African ports:…

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