Venue: University of Oxford China Centre, Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Rd, Oxford, OX2 6LU
"Natural resources hold tremendous potential for the transformation of African economies and societies. The recent rapid growth rates in many African countries have been linked to the rising demand for its resources from emerging economies, particularly China. African countries increasingly acknowledge the necessity of translating the benefits of this growth into job opportunities, poverty reduction, improved incomes and shared prosperity for their citizens. The conference therefore assesses how evolving China-Africa relations in their complexity and diversity affect these opportunities that natural resources provide, for broader economic and social development. It explores China’s influence on industrialisation, economic diversification, regional integration and other such vehicles for actualising these developmental goals. Enablers such as infrastructure, financing, technology diffusion and governance institutions will also be discussed, as well as how other development and investment partners in North America, Europe and other parts of the world feature in the equation. Overall, the conference seeks to provide an understanding of how Africa’s resource endowments can be harnessed within the context of the evolving relations with China. It will rely on insights from a wide range of stakeholders in policy, business and the academia, in civil society and the media."