Emerging Trends in Africa-China Relations

Beijing, November 4th - November 6th, 2017

The 2017 Yale Africa-China Conference will take place in conjunction with the 2017 Beijing Forum, on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 and Monday, November 6th, 2017. It will be hosted jointly by Peking University’s (PKU) School of International Studies and Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

The first part of the conference will take place on Peking University’s campus, as a sub-forum of the 2017 Beijing Forum.  It will focus on Sino-African development cooperation, and will be organized along four thematic panels: (1) Understanding the scope and institutional landscape of China’s development cooperation in Africa, (2) China’s emerging non-profit sector (people-to-people cooperation), (3) Free trade zones and industrial development projects in Africa, (4) China’s relations with bilateral and multilateral donors in Africa.  We are aiming for an audience of scholars and practitioners from Africa, China and other parts of the world. The panels will feature academic presentations, which will then be discussed by distinguished respondents from government, international organizations and civil society. This provides a unique opportunity for scholars to communicate their findings to practitioners and to incorporate the practitioners’ feedback and insights.

The second part of the conference will take place at the Yale Beijing Center. It will focus on new frontiers in Sino-African business relations, in particular Africa’s digital economy, human capital development in Africa, novel investment and finance models, and urban development in Africa. It will feature presentations by and conversations with top-level business executives and private sector development experts from Africa and China, followed by a networking reception. In addition to the academic presenters from the first part of the conference, as well as participants from Peking University and Yale, this event will also be open to the Beijing-based business community.