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    China’s Impact on African Employment: What Do We Know and Where are the Gaps?


    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Start Time

    2014-11-20 09:00:00

    End Time

    2014-11-21 13:00:00


    2014 Regional Event of the Network for Jobs and Development (NJD)

    The first annual NJD Conference for the China and Africa partners will be held in November in Johannesburg, South Africa, under the auspices of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) [] at the University of Cape Town and the Institute for Emerging Market Studies [] at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

    Conference Themes
    Five broad themes are proposed:

    1. 1. China in Africa; Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment: Trends and Emerging Themes
    2. 2. China in Africa: Job Creation and Labour Market Challenges
    3. 3. Technology and Knowledge Spillovers from Chinese Firms
    4. 4. The Political Economy of China in Africa: Consideration of Issues
    5. 5. China in Africa: Sectoral Case Studies

    Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) in Africa reached $16 billion in 2012, ranking China as Africa’s fourth largest individual country investor with investment rates growing faster than any of the continent’s other global trading partners. From an African labour-market perspective Chinese investments present opportunities and challenges that prompt a series of important research questions:

    • - Can China provide impetus for a labour-absorbing African manufacturing sector?
    • - As wages in China rise will Africa become a source of cheap labour for China?
    • - How do Chinese firms operate in relation to African country labour regulations?
    • - How does use of Chinese labour in Africa affect African workers?
    • - What are the differential impacts of State-owned and private-owned Chinese firms?
    • - What can African firms learn from Chinese firms (in the textile industry for example)?
    • - What are the direct and indirect employment impacts of Chinese investment?
    • - Are there any key policies that can promote mutual benefit in this regard?
    • - How do employment and other impacts differ across countries?

    Presentation of Sessions
    The conference will run for a day and a half. Selected panelists will have 20-30 minutes to present their work after which there will be 20-30 minutes of discussion. There will be no parallel sessions.

    The host organisations will assist in arranging your travel to South Africa.  Travel expenses, including airfares, local transfers and accommodation will be covered.  Details will be confirmed in due course.

    The NJD is a network of regional World Bank partners  responsible for commissioning and coordinating academic research related to jobs and employment worldwide. All work is showcased via the World Bank’s Jobs Knowledge Platform (JKP) The World Bank launched the JKP in 2012 to share analysis and insight on global job creation and employment issues, gather feedback and input from stakeholders around the world, and create a community focused on good jobs. The objective is to contribute to the creation of multi-sector, multi-disciplinary solutions to the jobs challenges around the world, based on regionally-led research and empirical evidence.

    DPRU – Ben Stanwix: or Sarah Marriott:
    HKUST – Vrishali Shekhar:


    1. The regional partner institutions are: The Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at the University of Cape Town, for Sub-Saharan Africa; The Latin American Economic Association (LACEA), for Latin America and the Caribbean; The Institute for Structural Research (IBS), for Europe and Central Asia; The Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), for East Asia and Pacific; The Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), for South Asia; The Economic Research Foundation (ERF), for Middle East and North Africa. 

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