China’s Aid and Oil for Infrastructure in Nigeria: Resource Driven or Development Motive?

Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal Vol. 3, No. 3, Dec. 2017, pp. 1197-1235

45 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2019

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Gold Kafilah

University of Malaya

Rajah Rasiah

University of Malaya

Kian Teng Kwek

University of Malaya (UM)

Murtala Muhammad

University of Malaya (UM)

Agboola Yusuf

Yusuf Agboola

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

China’s ascent influences the Western aid dynamic significantly and changes the landscape in aid-donor and aid-recipient relationship for resource-endowed countries in Africa. Similarly, within China-Africa relations, Nigeria established diplomatic relations with China in 2006 for a concessional oil-for-infrastructure plan to fill the development aperture. However, Nigeria opted out as political uncertainty and elite interest in rent-seeking supersedes development and well-being motive. We conclude that two interrelated causal factors – accountability and transparency – overwhelmingly obstruct Nigeria from optimising China interest in infrastructure development. The study recommends the review of National Planning Commission (NPC) 2007 ODA policy document on technical assistance, grants, and concessional loans to identify new problems and challenges associated with formulation and implementation of donor-assisted programmes.

Keywords: foreign aid, oil for infrastructure, development motive, resource driven

Suggested Citation

Kafilah, Gold and Rasiah, Rajah and Kwek, Kian Teng and Muhammad, Murtala and Yusuf, Agboola, China’s Aid and Oil for Infrastructure in Nigeria: Resource Driven or Development Motive? (2017). Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal Vol. 3, No. 3, Dec. 2017, pp. 1197-1235, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3376114

Gold Kafilah (Contact Author)

University of Malaya ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

Rajah Rasiah

University of Malaya ( email )

University of Malaya
Faculty of Economics and Administration
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia
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Kian Teng Kwek

University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia

Murtala Muhammad

University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

University of Malaya, Faculty of Economics & Admin
Kuala Lumpur, 50603

Agboola Yusuf

Yusuf Agboola ( email )

Ilorin, Kwara State 0834
Nigeria

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