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“Going Global in Groups”: Structural Transformation and China’s Special Economic Zones Overseas

Deborah Bräutigam and Xiaoyang Tang

World Development, 2014, vol. 63, issue C, 78-91

Abstract: China’s special economic zones helped the country industrialize by attracting foreign investment. In 2006, Beijing initiated an overseas trade and cooperation zone program, assisting Chinese companies to invest abroad while also building China’s soft power through the transfer of a key component of China’s development success. Little is known about the 19 zones approved so far under this program, or the impact they are likely to have on structural transformation and industrial development in their host countries. This paper identifies the 19 zones and their proposed locations, the process of selection, developers, implementation, and the Chinese incentive regime. It then focuses on the African zones. Using a typology of factors that have proven critical for zone development in the past, the paper evaluates the potential of these zones for fostering structural transformation in Africa.

Keywords: China–Africa; structural transformation; industrial policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.10.010

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