International High Level Seminar on Industrialization, Urbanization and China-Africa Cooperation
Jointly organized by
The Council for the Development of Social Sciences in Africa (CODESRIA)
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA),
In Collaboration with Addis Ababa University
Date: Monday 13 March 2017, from 9.am to 17.30pm
Venue: UNECA International Conference Centre
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The seminar will take the form of a series of round tables, each focusing on one of the three main sum-themes:
1. The possibilities for and pathways to industrialization in Africa and China:
What are the possibilities for industrialization in Africa today? What are the pathways through which countries like China have achieved industrialization? What are the internal and external factors that influence countries’ paths toward industrialization? In what ways do industrialized economies evolve and transform themselves? What are the links between industrialization, agriculture and service sectors?
2. Revisiting the industrialization-urbanization nexus: Views from Africa and
What are the trends in urbanization in Africa and China today? What are the links between industrialization and urbanization? In what ways have these links changed with time? Is it possible to achieve one of these phenomena without the other? What are the implications of the achievement of one of these phenomena without the other? How do evolutions in industrial production impact the links between industrialization and urbanization? What can Africa and China learn from each other’s industrialization and urbanization experiences?
3. Fashioning win-win Africa-China Cooperation:
What are the gains that are being generated from Africa-China economic interactions? How are these benefits distributed? What are the implications of these patterns of distribution on economies and societies in Africa and in China? How can Africa and China cooperate to reach higher levels of, and superior quality, sustainable industrialization and urbanization?