China Urban Development Discussion Series: "China-Africa Cooperation in the Age of Globalization: Natural Resources, Technology, and Economic Diplomacy”

Speaker: Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School; Discussant: Dr. Gabriella Y. Carolini, Assistant Professor, MIT DUSP

China recently overtook the United States as Africa's leading trading partner. There are nearly 2,000 Chinese firms operating in Africa in agriculture, telecommunications, energy, mining, manufacturing, banking, catering, and other services. It is estimated that there are over 1 million migrants working in Africa. These developments have sparked considerable debate in international circles and are used to illustrate not only the ascendancy of China as an economic superpower, but also the challenge that China poses to the United States and the Europe in the arena of economic diplomacy.

The aim of this lecture is to explore the origins, dynamics and future trends in relations between Africa and China. The lecture places the evolution of Africa-China relations in the context of economic diplomacy. The lecture explores: (1) current partnerships surrounding issues such as access to natural resources by China; (2) demand for infrastructure services by Africa; and (3) future convergence of interest in advances in science, technology and innovation. It concludes with a discussion of how Africa-China economic diplomacy is likely to reshape the international development cooperation regime through new resource and trade alliances. Special attention is paid to the growing interest in the global growing recognition of the role of science, technology and innovation as drivers of economic transformation.

Please join us in the lecture for more perspectives and insights on this topic.

Complimentary lunch will be served at 12:05 pm in room 9-555; talk starts at 12:30 pm and ends by 2 pm in room 9-354.

RSVP: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YDRY7JW

Web site: http://mit.edu/dusp/cud/cud_series.html

Open to: the general public

Sponsors: Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Graduate Student Life Grants, China Urban Development

For more information, contact:
Shan Jiang
shanjang@mit.edu