Will the World Bank's Vision Materialize? Relocating China's Factories to Sub-Saharan Africa, Flying-Geese Style
China has emerged as the most proactive partner for Africas growth by offering economic aid, investing in development projects in resource extraction and infrastructure building, and expanding trade. In this regard, a number of studies have recently explored Chinas growingyet still nascentmanufacturing investments in sub-Saharan Africa, which the World Bank hopes to see further expanded so as to ignite local industrialization. These studies look mainly at the Africa-side (host) conditions. In contrast, this paper stresses China-side (home) factors and examines the institutional issues involved in this hoped-for scheme of industrial transplantation. The central question addressed is whether the World Banks wish will actually come true. Chinas potential in this scenario is assessed in terms of the flying-geese growth model that explains how comparatively disadvantaged industries in such a rapidly catching-up economy as Chinas may be transplanted overseas. This article concludes that at the moment, Chinas capacity to transform the sub-Saharan region into a vibrant manufacturing base via foreign direct investment (FDI) is still underdeveloped and quite limited.
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Volume (Year): 11 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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