If Africa builds nests, will the birds come?

Sep 21, 2016

Comparative Study on Special Economic Zones in Africa and China


This Special Economic Zones (SEZ) study looks at both Africa's and China's SEZ experiences to date with a focus on SEZs in three African countries – namely Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zambia – and two SEZ case studies in China. This study does not aim to analyse the adequacy of SEZs as a means for industrialization, but focuses on how to use SEZs effectively. Findings presented in this study derive from extensive research on, and analysis of, primary and secondary sources as well as from field research conducted in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zambia throughout April 2015. The study seeks to answer three main research questions: How have Africa and China performed so far with SEZs? How could Africa benefit from China's experience with SEZs? How could China-Africa cooperation on SEZs be enhanced in future?

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