China's entry into Africa's natural resource market (Video)

As countries such as China searching for natural resources invest foreign capital into Africa, the African continent is receiving attention for its economic growth. On the other hand, it is also being questioned about how to balance its economic and national development with its guarantees of freedoms of speech and politic activities and democracy.

GLOBIS Professional Seminar
Africa Today and Tomorrow
China’s entry into Africa’s natural resource market and the future of the continent
Speaker: Mr. Ben Rawlence, Researcher, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

Ben Lawrence has conducted research in many countries in Africa, including Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, Nigeria, and Southern Sudan for Human Rights Watch. By living with several hundreds of people and listening to their stories, the truth about Africa has become clear through his research.

As countries such as China searching for natural resources invest foreign capital into Africa, the African continent is receiving attention for its economic growth. On the other hand, it is also being questioned about how to balance its economic and national development with its guarantees of freedoms of speech and politic activities and democracy.

Mr. Rawlence, who has spent many years working at the forefront of these developments, will present his analysis of the current situation in Africa with concrete examples and prospects for the future.

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(This article originally published on September 7, 2011)

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