Dato: 22.03.2018 - 22.03.2018
Tid: 18.00 - 20.00
Sted: Det Akademiske Kvarter
Møteleder: Maren Iversen
Heidi Østbø Haugen
Postdoctoral research fellow, University in Oslo
Postdoctoral fellow, University in Bergen
Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology
China is quickly becoming the world’s leading economic superpower. The Chinese seem to be omnipresent, with Africa as one of their main projects, consequently providing them political influence in the fastest-growing region in the world.
China now has investments in all African countries except eight. One can argue that China’s contribution to the continent is worse than what the Western world did during the colonization.
Are these investments only beneficial to China, or can they also be positive for the local population? According to Afrobarometer in 2016, almost two out of three Africans say that they were either positive or very positive to China’s influence in their country. Researcher at University in Bergen, Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr has also said that “ten years of Chinese investments have contributed to bigger economic growth than 40 years of Western aid has”.
Gåsemyr will be joined by researcher at University in Oslo, Heidi Østbø Haugen and professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology Paul Midford. Between them they have extensive knowledge of both China’s presence on the African continent.
Should we try to stop the Chinese attempt to monopolize the continent or have we already done too much for Africa?