ISBN 9780798305266
Pages 180
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations
Published 2018
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Belt and Road Initiative

Alternative Development Path for Africa

by Thokozani Simelane, Lavhelesani R. Managa

China’s emphasis on infrastructure development has received support from African leaders. Its focus on infrastructure development in Africa was endorsed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between China and the African Union on 27 January 2015. The agreement outline plans for connecting African countries through transportation infrastructure projects, including modern highways, airports, and high speed railways. At the heart of Belt and Road Initiative lies the creation of an economic land belt that includes countries on the original Silk Road through Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe, as well as a maritime “road” that links China’s port facilities with the African coast, pushing up through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean. China has from the outset emphasised that the Belt and Road Initiative will be developed within the framework of the five principles. These entails mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty; non-aggression; non-interference in each other’s internal affairs; equality and mutual benefit; and peaceful coexistence.

This volume provides an analysis of this stance by both African and Chinese scholars. Africa through its Agenda 2063 has been driving, among others, the re-industrialisation of its economies, improved connectivity and infrastructure development, diversification of energy sources, technology transfer and skills development. The Belt and Road Initiative provides an alternative path for Africa to realise some of these milestones.

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About the Authors

Thokozani Simelane

Dr Thokozani Simelane is a programme leader for Science and Technology at the Africa Institute of South Africa, which has recently been incorporated into the Human Sciences Research Council. He holds a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He has recently submitted for examination a Doctor of Technology Thesis in industrial engineering at the Durban University of Technology. He has previously worked as manager (Environmental Management Department) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa. He has published in a number of international scientific journals and recently published two co-edited book volumes: energy transition in Africa and Africa in a global changing environment - perspectives of climate change adaptation and irrigation strategies in Africa. He is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights of South Africa. His research interests are on energy, complex system analysis, industrial processes analysis and environmental management. He is the founding member of South Africa’s Chapter of System Dynamics Society.

Lavhelesani R. Managa

Lavhelesani R. Managa is working as a researcher in the Science and Technology Research Programme - Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), within Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Prior to working for HSRC, he worked for University of Venda Plant Production Department, Penn State University Roots Biology Lab and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). His research interests are in Medicinal Plant Science, Plant Metabolomics, Plant Breeding, Food Security and Safety, Climate-Smart Agriculture, Water Quality and Plant Productivity. He is currently studying towards a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD. Horticultural Science) from University of Pretoria. 

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