Talk Africa: China opens up: CIIE 2019

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The 2nd China International Import Expo kicked off on November 5th in Shanghai, with over 3000 businesses from 150 countries in attendance. The Expo aims to boost the import of goods and services and offers Africa the opportunity to tap into the growing Chinese market.

During the first Expo in 2018, more than one million people attended and deals worth a total of 57.8 billion dollars were signed. This year, every African country is represented and the expo has attracted even more exhibitors from around the world.

This week we ask if China’s expanding free trade zones and open trade policies provide greater impetus for African countries to tap into the growing Chinese market? And how can Africa best leverage this?

From Beijing, Zhou Mi, Deputy Director, Institute of American and Oceania Studies and Senior Researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation,

From Johannesburg Dr. David Monyae, Co-Director, University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute

In Studio Ken Gichinga, Chief Economist, Mentoria Economics, Kenya.

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