On April 14th, 2021, the China Business Studies Initiative at the University of San Francisco hosted a webinar titled: Examining China’s Investments in African Nations: Promises and Influences. The purpose of this CBSI panel is to examine whether or not China’s interests in Africa are legitimate in the 21st century’s ever-changing global economy and what the US should do in response if anything.
The event opened with Dr. Xiaohua Yang, the Director of China Business Studies Initiative, welcoming everyone. Foreshadowing the excellent event, Professor Yang stated, “We have gathered a stellar group of the world’s leading experts and scholars to discuss one of the most important triangular relationships: Africa, China and the US.”. The webinar discussed China’s ability to invest in developing economies, specifically direct investments to African nations, ranging from mining raw materials, infrastructure development, and market penetration. The panelists also entertained a robust Q&A session with a very engaging audience.
Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III moderated the event. The stellar panel included the names of Dr. Marco Tavanti, Dr. Beatrice Matiri-Maisori, Dr. Peter Ping Li, Dr. Motolani Agbebi, Dr. Arie Y. Lewin, Dr. Jeffrey Pallier, and Dr. Jean-Claude Maswana. The panel speakers cover four continents: North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.