The next Asia? Globalization, dependence and African development

Date: 28 November 2017

Venue: UAntwerp - Stadscampus - Building R - R.014 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerp (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: USOS, IOB

Short description: Debate between Ian Taylor (University of St. Andrews) and Alice Nicole Sindzingre (SOAS University of London)

About the debate

African growth accelerated significantly after the turn of the century. For nearly two decades, African economies have been growing by an average of 5 to 6 percent, leading analysts to describe Africa as the next Asia. Yet, currently, this positive trend is changing.

The IMF forecasts that economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to reach barely 1.5% in 2016. This debate investigates the contemporary sources of African growth and stagnation. How did the continent fare in the global era? What is the impact of China’s shift from export-oriented growth to domestic consumption? And how did the continent use its natural resources to position itself in the world-economy?   

Moderated by Tom De Herdt (IOB - UAntwerp)

Entrance fee: For free

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