China and African Governance in the Extractive Industries

Neil Renwick, Jing Gu, Hong Song

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

34 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

This paper examines China’s role in the extractive industry sectors of sub-Saharan Africa and issues surrounding governance—particularly the maximisation of host country economic gains. China’s involvement is controversial and the focus of international debate as to the extent to which Chinese–African relationships in this key sector are not ‘win–win’ but are damaging African partner economies and political cultures. The paper’s motivation is a desire to explain more closely the growing involvement of China in sub-Saharan Africa’s extractives sector in terms of how effectively African governance works to maximise the gains accruing to China’s African partners. A central question is how far there is Chinese synchronisation with the rules, principles, norms and behavioural expectations of African partners. The study assesses the experience of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Key findings are that China’s involvement takes many forms, but is heavily influenced by its own history as well as its emerging engagement with the international development assistance system. The DRC case demonstrates that the effectiveness of African regulatory regimes is highly variable and depends on the quality of governance. Africa has extensive regulatory and normative regimes that frame the Chinese relationship. However, to ensure greater maximisation of gains to African partners, the Chinese state and Chinese firms must strengthen policy on corporate responsibilities and practice whilst African states must strengthen the quality of governance to turn political commitments into more robust practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
Journal International Development Policy
Volume10.1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018

Fingerprint

governance
China
industry
Democratic Republic of the Congo
political activity
political culture
assistance
regime
firm
responsibility
economy
history
economics
experience

Bibliographical note

International Development Policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Keywords

  • China
  • Africa
  • Extractive Sector
  • International Development
  • Governance

Cite this

China and African Governance in the Extractive Industries. / Renwick, Neil; Gu, Jing; Song, Hong.

In: International Development Policy, Vol. 10.1, 03.07.2018, p. 1-20.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Renwick, Neil ; Gu, Jing ; Song, Hong. / China and African Governance in the Extractive Industries. In: International Development Policy. 2018 ; Vol. 10.1. pp. 1-20.
@article{22906f1499c043fa8c589157b9cf6331,
title = "China and African Governance in the Extractive Industries",
abstract = "This paper examines China’s role in the extractive industry sectors of sub-Saharan Africa and issues surrounding governance—particularly the maximisation of host country economic gains. China’s involvement is controversial and the focus of international debate as to the extent to which Chinese–African relationships in this key sector are not ‘win–win’ but are damaging African partner economies and political cultures. The paper’s motivation is a desire to explain more closely the growing involvement of China in sub-Saharan Africa’s extractives sector in terms of how effectively African governance works to maximise the gains accruing to China’s African partners. A central question is how far there is Chinese synchronisation with the rules, principles, norms and behavioural expectations of African partners. The study assesses the experience of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Key findings are that China’s involvement takes many forms, but is heavily influenced by its own history as well as its emerging engagement with the international development assistance system. The DRC case demonstrates that the effectiveness of African regulatory regimes is highly variable and depends on the quality of governance. Africa has extensive regulatory and normative regimes that frame the Chinese relationship. However, to ensure greater maximisation of gains to African partners, the Chinese state and Chinese firms must strengthen policy on corporate responsibilities and practice whilst African states must strengthen the quality of governance to turn political commitments into more robust practice.",
keywords = "China, Africa , Extractive Sector, International Development, Governance",
author = "Neil Renwick and Jing Gu and Hong Song",
note = "International Development Policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.",
year = "2018",
month = "7",
day = "3",
doi = "10.4000/poldev.2547",
language = "English",
volume = "10.1",
pages = "1--20",
journal = "International Development Policy",
issn = "1663-9391",
publisher = "Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Developpement",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - China and African Governance in the Extractive Industries

AU - Renwick, Neil

AU - Gu, Jing

AU - Song, Hong

N1 - International Development Policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

PY - 2018/7/3

Y1 - 2018/7/3

N2 - This paper examines China’s role in the extractive industry sectors of sub-Saharan Africa and issues surrounding governance—particularly the maximisation of host country economic gains. China’s involvement is controversial and the focus of international debate as to the extent to which Chinese–African relationships in this key sector are not ‘win–win’ but are damaging African partner economies and political cultures. The paper’s motivation is a desire to explain more closely the growing involvement of China in sub-Saharan Africa’s extractives sector in terms of how effectively African governance works to maximise the gains accruing to China’s African partners. A central question is how far there is Chinese synchronisation with the rules, principles, norms and behavioural expectations of African partners. The study assesses the experience of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Key findings are that China’s involvement takes many forms, but is heavily influenced by its own history as well as its emerging engagement with the international development assistance system. The DRC case demonstrates that the effectiveness of African regulatory regimes is highly variable and depends on the quality of governance. Africa has extensive regulatory and normative regimes that frame the Chinese relationship. However, to ensure greater maximisation of gains to African partners, the Chinese state and Chinese firms must strengthen policy on corporate responsibilities and practice whilst African states must strengthen the quality of governance to turn political commitments into more robust practice.

AB - This paper examines China’s role in the extractive industry sectors of sub-Saharan Africa and issues surrounding governance—particularly the maximisation of host country economic gains. China’s involvement is controversial and the focus of international debate as to the extent to which Chinese–African relationships in this key sector are not ‘win–win’ but are damaging African partner economies and political cultures. The paper’s motivation is a desire to explain more closely the growing involvement of China in sub-Saharan Africa’s extractives sector in terms of how effectively African governance works to maximise the gains accruing to China’s African partners. A central question is how far there is Chinese synchronisation with the rules, principles, norms and behavioural expectations of African partners. The study assesses the experience of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Key findings are that China’s involvement takes many forms, but is heavily influenced by its own history as well as its emerging engagement with the international development assistance system. The DRC case demonstrates that the effectiveness of African regulatory regimes is highly variable and depends on the quality of governance. Africa has extensive regulatory and normative regimes that frame the Chinese relationship. However, to ensure greater maximisation of gains to African partners, the Chinese state and Chinese firms must strengthen policy on corporate responsibilities and practice whilst African states must strengthen the quality of governance to turn political commitments into more robust practice.

KW - China

KW - Africa

KW - Extractive Sector

KW - International Development

KW - Governance

U2 - 10.4000/poldev.2547

DO - 10.4000/poldev.2547

M3 - Article

VL - 10.1

SP - 1

EP - 20

JO - International Development Policy

JF - International Development Policy

SN - 1663-9391

ER -