Is Asia the new African plunderer?

Direct investment in Africa by Asian economies has been increasing sharply in recent years, and unconditional loans and technical cooperation are also on offer, in particular from China. But will this trend further development and poverty reduction in African countries, or simply replace Western exploitation of Africa’s resources by a new regime of plunder? Charles Abugre will discuss this complex question in the light of his extensive experience as advisor to institutions in the UK, Africa and South-East Asia. A Ghanaian trained economist, he has written widely on Africa, and is currently Head of Global Advocacy and Policy at Christian Aid.