The paper seeks to outline patterns of Chinese investment, aid and trade in three Central African countries, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon.
The aims of the paper are:
- To provide a short overview of the history of the relationship between China and the three respective Central African countries, highlighting key agreements and commitments over the past 40 years;
- To give an overview of China’s aid and investment strategy in these countries;
- To outline the key sectors in which China is currently investing, the nature of these investments and areas for future development;
- To present the views of Chinese investments by representatives of governments, civil society (e.g. NGO, media, trade unions) and private sector; and
- To outline existing evidence of the impact (positive and negative) of Chinese aid and investment on the economy, environment and people’s livelihoods and wellbeing in these countries.