Africa has become the fastest urbanising region in the world. As the continent becomes one of the final frontiers of the fourth industrial revolution it is urgent for leaders in financial sector and industry, equally to grasp the political and economic landscape of a diverse continent in rapid transition.
A good starting point is to understand the Sino-African relationships. On Wednesday 15 September NIR invited members to “Let’s Talk – China in Africa” with Peter Stein economist and expert on the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa and Emil Uddhammar professor of political science at Linnaeus University. They shared their analysis of Chinas grander strategy based on their fresh report “China in Africa: The Role of Trade, Investments, and Loans Amidst Shifting Geopolitical Ambitions”.
“There are few obstacles for other countries to go on a diplomatic offensive in Africa, should they so decide. The concern is not that China has an increased economic and political presence in Africa, but that others have ignored it for long.”, concluded Stein and Uddhammar.