Can China-UK cooperation on trade help tackle poverty in Africa?

2 April 2014

As African and European leaders gather in Brussels at the 4th EU-Africa Summit to discuss ways to stimulate growth and create jobs in Africa, the UK Secretary of State Justine Greening launched a new project that will evaluate the effects of China and the UK's trade policies on economic and development outcomes in Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia and Nigeria at a high-level meeting in Beijing.

Two women, wearing abayas and eating a snack, sit on a wall beside the Suez Canal as a Chinese owned container ship passes them on its journey north to the Mediterranean Sea. Eight percent of global sea trade relies on this waterway. Credit: Jason Larkin - Panos

The launch took place earlier today and was supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC) and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MofCom).

UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening and China's Assistant Minister of Commerce, Wang Shouwen opened the launch with speeches, which were followed by remarks from the Ambassadors of South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya, countries which will form the basis of the research case studies.

Led by IDS Fellow, Dr Jing Gu, with partners in the UK (University of Sussex, Interanalysis and ITEAS), China (CAITEC, think-tank of MOFCOM) and Africa (CUTS and TRALAC), this DFID-funded project will evaluate changing trade and investment relations between China, the UK, and African countries. It will focus on how to provide effective support for inclusive growth, structural transformation and poverty reduction, and the possible synergies between UK and Chinese policies, with this project concentrating, in particular, on Kenya and South Africa.

Dr Gu said: “By examining possible synergies between the UK and Chinese policies, we hope that our research will provide an important insight into the most effective way to promote sustainable growth, structural transformation and poverty reduction in Africa.”

More information on the China-UK Cooperation on African Trade for Poverty Reduction project.