Jointly hosted by the Institute for Security Studies and the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development (EIIPD)
The African Conflict Prevention Programme (ACPP) of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Addis Ababa Office and its Partner the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development (EIIPD) cordially Invites you to a Public Seminar Entitled China-Africa Partnerships: Implications and Prospects for Africa.
China has recorded a phenomenal economic growth over the last thirty years or so and has emerged as a significant world player on the economic and political scene, with increasing demand for natural resources from African countries.
However, the Chinese activities in Africa have not gone without serious questions. In fact, a number of questions have been asked about the motives of China in Africa and its mode operandi. The impact of Chinese products on local market and domestic industries, the quality of their goods and works in infrastructure are highly debated. Serious questions on the role of China in conflict-torn areas such as Dafur are also raised.
Against this background, what lessons will Africa be able to learn from China and what should Africa do now to benefit in its long-term economic and diplomatic relationship with China, in ways that will truly reflect mutual respect and mutual benefit? The aim of the seminar is therefore to interrogate these questions and in the process contribute to efforts aimed at improving and enriching policy debate. Presenters will be drawn from governments, the diplomatic milieu, policy makers, civil society and the research community.
The ISS Public Seminar Series is an important part of the ACPS effort at building consensus by providing a platform for sharing information, encouraging policy debates and dialogue on Africa`s peace and security, development and environmental agenda. The aim is to stimulate quality discussion, in-depth and constructive interaction between policy makers and participants.
You are invited to participate in this important discussion. Please forward this invitation to interested colleagues.
Please note that discussions will occur under `ISS Rules`. Participants are free to use the information presented, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed without his/her express permission.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia