Private Chinese Investment in Africa: Myths and Realities

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Date Written: January 1, 2013


Private Chinese outbound investment, not as well-known as government-led investment, offers special opportunities and challenges for Africa today. The significance of Chinese private-sector investment is already visible in the burgeoning manufacturing sector in some parts of Africa, and the trend will continue to grow in the near future. The underlying force behind this trend is the increased pressure of industrial restructuring in coastal China, a force that drives some labor-intensive firms to relocate to other parts of the developing world, including Africa. African host country governments can respond to this phenomenon with proactive development policies and strategies to maximize private Chinese investment for the benefit of their own economies.

Keywords: Debt Markets, Investment and Investment Climate, Emerging Markets, ICT Policy and Strategies, Labor Policies

Suggested Citation

Shen, Xiaofang, Private Chinese Investment in Africa: Myths and Realities (January 1, 2013). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6311. Available at SSRN:

Xiaofang Shen (Contact Author)

Johns Hopkins University ( email )

Baltimore, MD 20036-1984
United States

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