Improving Africa’s Competitiveness Through Knowledge Transfer: Lessons from Partnerships with China and the Way Forward

  • Abdoulkadre Ado
Part of the AIB Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Series book series (AIBSSA)


This chapter explores the reasons for African countries’ low achievements in learning and knowledge gain from partnerships with China and suggests ways for improvement in gaining strategic and value-adding knowledge. We analyze 29 Africa-China partnerships in 12 countries. Based on qualitative and interview-based data, we identify the weaknesses that prevented African countries from gaining significant knowledge. We propose a juxtaposition of the strategic and institutional perspectives toward effective knowledge gain. With respect to the smiling curve and global value chain, we suggest to African partners to target higher value-adding knowledge: strategic and sophisticated. Additionally, we propose the development of an intra-Africa interconnected network for knowledge transfer and experience sharing.


Africa Industrialization Policy Knowledge transfer Learning China Joint venture 


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  • Abdoulkadre Ado
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  1. 1.University of OttawaOttawaCanada

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