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 6th Africa Research Group (ARG) International Conference

Africa-China business and investment relations: casting new light on the phenomenon

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

4-6 September 2019


Organised by Africa Research Group (ARG), China Research Group (CRG), Nottingham University Business School China (NUBS China), Nottingham Centre for Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) China, and Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS)


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Conference Overview

With the increasing Africa-China engagement particularly in light of China’s new ‘Belt and Road’ policy, this conference seeks papers that contribute to our understanding of the nature of this engagement with regard to, inter alia, the economic, investment/industrial, social-cultural and trade/business dimensions. This engagement has important implications for Africa’s industrial-economic rejuvenation, and as Chinese investments become significant players in what has come to be viewed as Africa’s renaissance, we see an important opportunity to debate this phenomenon, to identify appropriate theoretical lenses for an emergent and hence under-researched phenomenon, and to shed light on how mutually-beneficial relations might be created amongst the various stakeholders, including academics, practitioners and policy-makers, Chinese managers and African employees, and so forth. Papers may draw from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. We welcome papers that shed new light on, but are not limited to:

  • The drivers of China’s interest in Africa and Africa’s resources
  • The Asian firm in Africa/ the African firm in Asia
  • Human resource issues, cultural diversity and managerial expertise
  • Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for Africa
  • Geopolitics, aid, and the role of soft power
  • Chinese migration into Africa & role of the Chinese diaspora in Africa
  • China’s involvement in African agribusiness
  • The role of initiatives such as the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)
  • Indigenous knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurialism
  • Corporate governance, CSR and business ethics
  • China-Africa tourism
  • Industry 4.0 and Lean
  • Made in China 2025
  • Big data and supply chain management


Contacts and Queries

For all queries, please contact either Professor Ken Kamoche or Dr Saileshsingh Gunessee, via email: