11 May 2016

Doctoral fellow presents at Africa-China conference

Clarence Siziba, a SECO doctoral candidate at the WTI, has presented a paper at the first of a planned series of conferences on Africa-China relations in Nigeria.

The event was held at the Lagos Business School in Lagos on 16 to 17 March.

The conference series is being organised by Yale University in collaboration with leading business schools in China and Africa on the theme of Africa-China Relations: “Balance, Growth and a Sustainable Future”. It aims to integrate African, Chinese and global perspectives on Africa-China relations by bringing together thought leaders in academia, government, business and society.

Clarence Siziba’s paper was entitled Friend or Foe: China and Zimbabwe’s Diamond Mines. In it, he traced Zimbabwe and China’s relations since the pre-independence period to the current Look East Policy, including current investment initiatives.  

It was followed by a discussion on the activities of Chinese-owned firms in the exploitation of diamonds in Zimbabwe, and the attendant calls for greater transparency and fair labour practices from civil rights groups.

Keynote addresses were made by the former Nigerian minister of external affairs and United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and Special Representative on African Affairs of the Chinese Government Zhong Jianhua.