Briefing from ROAPE Volume 35 Number 115
China's Developmental Model Comes to Africa
Has anybody heard of Africa's new special economic zones? China is going about carving out designated special economic zones (SEZ) across the continent that are set to become Africa's new economic growth nodes. China's commercial strategy toward Africa also involves linking these SEZ's by building infrastructure corridors across the respective regions. Almost unprecedented in scale since the colonial period, Africa is set to receive a trans-national infrastructure network. Decisions made in Beijing and implemented by its state-owned firms in Africa will determine the growth trajectory of large parts of sub-Saharan Africa. It's incredulous that the most significant infrastructure projects on the continent are almost unknown. The reason is that they are being planned in Beijing.