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The China–Africa value chain: Can Africa’s small-scale entrepreneurs engage successfully in global trade?

Lyons, Michal, Brown, Alison Margaret Braithwaite and Li, Zhigang 2013. The China–Africa value chain: Can Africa’s small-scale entrepreneurs engage successfully in global trade? African Studies Review 56 (3) , pp. 77-100. 10.1017/asr.2013.80

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Abstract

This article analyzes the value chain for Chinese manufactured goods such as garments and textiles sold in sub-Saharan Africa. It explores the opportunities for Africans with small, private businesses in the export trade from China, the potential for long-term business development, and how strategies of engagement have changed over time. It finds that the value chains for low-cost goods vary. There is great diversity of entry levels and opportunities for socioeconomic mobility, and traders evolve diverse strategies to obtain and defend their position in the chain. These findings are discussed in terms of understandings of international value chains, the informal economy, and African economic development strategies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:04
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/70791

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