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Chinese Infrastructure Investments in Subsaharan Afrika
Chinese infrastructure projects played and will play a crucial role in the development of Subsaharan Africa (SSA).
Expensive large-scale infrastructure projects may not be affordable for local governments and companies without big investments from outside.
Chinese companies have brought down the cost of transportation in SSA significantly
The cooperation with China will bring know-how to Africa to build infrastructure on their own
China will become internationally more competitive which will lead to economic growth
Infrastructure projects create much needed jobs in SSA
US and EU development aid concentrates almost exclusively on financial aid in regard to infrastructural development. Therefore, direct cooperation with Chinese companies is much needed.
China drives SSA only further into asymmetrical dependencies with China
Chinese companies often act irresponsibly in SSA countries with little regulation or oversight.
China is only interested in bringing the cost of travel and transportation down to create new markets for their own profit
Better infrastructure alone won’t help SSA in the longterm. China needs to invest into innovation to help africa export manufactured goods rather than natural resources and commodities.
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