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Playing the Long Game: China's Investment in Africa

October 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update

China’s growth and appetite for foreign direct investment (FDI) has made Africa its largest investment destination, according to “Playing the Long Game: China’s Investment in Africa”, a new report written by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for Mayer Brown. The report finds that whilst energy and mineral resources have attracted the most Chinese FDI, investments and activities that support Africa’s physical infrastructure is underestimated.

Exploring the opportunities and challenges facing Chinese investors in Africa, this report highlights increased African trade, more direct investment and a surge in export credit financing as the primary drivers of China’s current economic policy towards Africa and looks at the diversity and success of projects that have been financed. It also underscores the perception of Chinese investment in Africa and the unique political, cultural and legal challenges of realising projects across the continent.

A Mayer Brown report, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit

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