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Localizing Chinese Enterprises in Africa: from Myths to Policies


  • Barry Sautman

    () (Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

  • Hairong Yan

    () (Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)


Prof. Barry Sautman, an HKUST IEMS Faculty Associate and political scientist at HKUST, discusses the myths about the extent of localization of Chinese enterprises in Africa. He also recommends how African governments can further encourage Chinese enterprises to further contribution to employment and development. Citing findings from his extensive field research throughout Africa, Prof. Sautman suggests that myths about Chinese firms' putative non-localization should be abjured and those propagated for political ends by anti-Chinese political forces should be counteracted, so that Africans can move on to reality-based job issues within the China/Africa relationship.

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  • Barry Sautman & Hairong Yan, 2015. "Localizing Chinese Enterprises in Africa: from Myths to Policies," HKUST IEMS Thought Leadership Brief Series 2015-05, HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies, revised Feb 2015.
  • Handle: RePEc:hku:briefs:201505

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    1. Bunte, Jonas B. & Desai, Harsh & Gbala, Kanio & Parks, Bradley & Runfola, Daniel Miller, 2018. "Natural resource sector FDI, government policy, and economic growth: Quasi-experimental evidence from Liberia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 107(C), pages 151-162.

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    Chinese localization; Chinese enterprises abroad; African employment; China Africa relationship; China in Africa; Chinese investment; Chinese FDI; African loans; China; Africa;

    JEL classification:

    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations

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