The China Factor

Series: Adverse International and Local Conditions for Sub-Saharan Africa (Part 3)

The most crucial factor in whether South African SEZs succeed may well be the complicated role of China.

There are three aspects worth discussing: overall demand; Chinese incoming FDI to South African SEZs (such as is driving Coega and Musina-Makhado); and Chinese-financed and built competition via the Belt & Road Initiative, which is spawning massive export-oriented infrastructure in many India Ocean cities, ports and hinterlands.

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