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Business, trade and investment

Emerging economies seeking new markets; government-led investment programmes for large companies, and investment from Small and Medium Enterprises; potential negative impacts of lax business regulations on social and labour relations and the environment.

About rising powers and business, trade and Investment

Business, trade and investment from Rising Power countries have a growing presence in Africa and other developing regions. China, India and Brazil have all made their mark on the African continent, through expanding government-led investment programmes for large companies, and also through smaller scale investment from Small and Medium Enterprises. As the so-called ‘emerging economies’ seek new markets, the African continent is often held as the ‘final frontier’, presenting opportunities in sectors such as the extractive industry, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and agri-business. Many African countries are commodity-rich but have a low manufacturing base and under-developed or ageing infrastructure. Lax regulatory frameworks mean investors are not always held to account in terms of the potential negative impacts of their business on social and labour relations as well as the environment, which is examined by the literature in this section.

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The BRICS in an age of multipolarity: sustaining strategic partnerships under difficult economic conditions
P. Mthembu / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa 2017
Culminating in the formation of the New Development Bank (NDB), which was inaugurated at the Ufa Summit in 2015, the influence of the BRICS countries has now clearly gone beyond the economic arena, with the grouping evolving i...
Trade in high technology products trends and policy imperatives for BRICS
S. Chaturvedi; S. Saha; P. Shaw / Research and Information System for Developing Countries 2017
The rise and relevance of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) cannot be overstated. BRICS constitutes  the  most  prominent  emerging economies with substantial influence on world affairs – b...
IBCIM economic corridor: facilitating sub-regional development
R. Iyer / Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, India 2017
The Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation’s (BCIM) Economic Corridor (EC) initiative, a complex entanglement between security, economic and national interest, exemplifies Foreign Secretary Jaishank...
Chinese presence in real estate in South Africa and Mauritius
H. Cowaloosur / Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch 2016
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Chinese businesses in Africa: perspectives on corporate social responsibility and the role of Chinese government policies
X. Weng; L. Buckley / International Institute for Environment and Development 2016
China’s business engagement in developing countries has grown rapidly in the past decade through direct investment, contract projects and trade. China was the third-largest foreign investor in the world between 2012 and 2014, an...