Is China’s assistance to Africa good or bad and why do you think so?

Is China's assistance to Africa good or bad?

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  1. There is a lot of disguise China is doing in their assistance because you can’t say you are helping someone and bring all the resources from your country only. They just want to look like a good Samaritan but actually there are not, what they are doing is a bribe to our already corrupt, greedy leaders. In actual fact they are out to take all our resources to their country.

  2. I think China is a great beenefit to Africa. Exchange of skills and loads ot cash for development!

  3. how ever the assistance should be structured in such a way that the money being loaned to Africa 50% should be spend in the country in order to stimulate the local economy. They should buy some of the products or requirements from local industries.

  4. The assistance from China is good and is not different from what can be got from any other country or agency. It is the recipient countries’s leaders that misappropriate the funds they borrow from China. When funds are borrowed that have interest payments that will be due in addition to capital repayment, the funds should be used for income generating ventures and not for consumption or white elephant projects

  5. let china allow africans to think be industrialised and attain wealth not to corrupt them to get tenders so that

  6. China takes advantage of Africa’s under development and packages grants,loans in a manner that further impoverishes the continent and allows Africa to be indebted to China, sheer neo colonization.

  7. China should instead start heavy manufacturing here at home to create employment for the many unemployed youths instead of giving us very big loans with many strings attached. For instance they give us loans and still they are the beneficiaries through contracts.

  8. Diversity is good in any development, and China can never be worst than other previous partners Africa has had in the past. A novel way can only be a plus because it makes the environment more competitive. African individuals and government should just learn to better defend their own interests, in dealing with whoever the partner might be. Africa should not allow its traditional partners to be paternalistic towards her on this issue when they are themselves partnering with China for their own interests.

  9. China is not assisting anyone! China is in a business to develop itself and use all available partnerships and resources to achieve that. African countries need to learn how the Chinese got where they are after just about 50 or so years. There are various positive attributes that can be learned from the Chinese, apart from ordinary financial and material assistance!

  10. It is our weakness as Kenyans . The problem is not the one who brings support. It is those that receive and how it is used. We need to exercise integrity and humanity. Everyone pays back that support.

  11. The Chinese assistance is excellent and timely, however misuse and abuse of the support and loan facilities advanced to Africa by our leaders is worrying and unprecedented. The problem is not China aiding Africa but our leaders being dishonest, corrupt and untrustworthy stewards of such funding.

  12. The assistance China is giving to Africa is good as its cheaper and with less baggage than that from western nations. What really lets us down is the government that has not set up policies to reap maximum benefits from the cooperation. I would expect the government to make laws that force any international contractors to form consortiums with local contractors so as to develop capacities of local contractors and encourage technological exchange.Corruption is what bedevils African states and the chinese are using this to accrue most of the benefits.

  13. Any inward investment needs to benefit all stakeholders. That includes the broader community and the country generally. It is also critical that Africa is not seen simply as a map of resources to be exploited. Chinese investors, like all other foreign investors, should approach the participation in the African economy as a long term proposition. This means sharing of skills and technology and not excluding other countries from the same opportunities. Longer term sustainable investment is the objective. Hopefully the government’s of the countries being invested in can maximise the benefits to their countries as a whole. This may seem a simple task, but history shows good governance and management of a countries resources is still highly problematic in Africa.

  14. Other sources of funding, provide back-up to their projects. For example a “performance bond” that guarantees the initial delivery and construction will be done on time, to specifications and within budget and if the initial contractor fails the bond pays for the cost to hire the next contractor. In addition other countries provide “products-completed operations” liability coverage so that 10 years after the project is completed and the original contractor is out of business the liability insurance company will correct the issue. I have not seen this cover offered by China. Finally when repair parts are required the manual are in the local language rather than Chinese and a local person will be able to repair and a specialist from China does not have to be hired at a high cost and long delay.

  15. I think China is doing business with Africa in the name of assistance. In addition, the contracts are not well thought out by our brothers in Africa. We a contract in Kenya on the standard rail gauge railway built between Mombasa and Nairobi where we will retain Chinese train drivers and stewards for 10 years! Here is a country from where Kenya pilots fly Kenya Airways planes from Nairobi to New York in the US on a daily basis. So what is so difficult in driving a train or serving passengers on a train.

  16. There is no kind of assistance. Is a form of investment to benefit their own, not Africans. They provide lots of loans with massive interest rates and failure to comply with payment terms results to a form of slavery.

  17. the only problem is taking up all business and leaving Africans with no job to do. they are also manufacturing synthetic foodstuff if what is circulating in the social media is anything to go by. let them assist just like Britain or the USA.

  18. Not getting it twisted,China is in business for the benefit of China. I dont blame them though coz they are doing it for their own interests,we are the ones running there to ask for loans that we are eventually going to fail to pay . Its a web of poverty that we are spinning ourselves into. Same old slavery,different masters.

  19. Assistance in itsself is not bad,but the manner in which the assistance is coming.For example we Africans don’t need thousands of Chinese nationals coming emasse to do what?Manpower we have.All we need is a clique of very qualified Chinese nationals to orient our local manpower in various projects in terms of skills,thereby improving their expert.China is busy offloading rejects into African countries while eyeing our natural resources! This is an acceptable! And the other thing are the loans African countries are getting from China,I forese trouble ahead and the future generations will pay the highest price.Remember, China not very long ago was classified as a third world country,but today it’s among the super powers and a country that never colonized any other country.Therefore,it’s doing as a country everything to enrich itself through these bilateral ties,agreements,loans to make sure it benefits from Africa’s natural resources!They are very smart people!

  20. The mentality of most Kenyans is getting things for free. Every thing has a price and we must have learnt that by now and the smart people who invited China to run their business used common sense.Its A joke to agree or not to disagree as some of us have huge cars which have been produced in other countries. So applying prejudice on who does what in Kenya will only bring the usual undignified mentality to life. There are other things Kenyans could do including myself to run their matters and help the underprivileged without paying a dime.

  21. Agree with Esther – completely.
    Eventually the price of China’s “assistance” will prove to be far too high.

  22. China is doing fine in Africa. All countries around the world are looking for their interest and of course Chine is willing to secure African resources. But, Africa is in need of so many projects realization and is suffering from a lack of financing resources despite the tremendous natural resources that are being exported, proof that present African resources buyers are not making fair to have the funds of their purchase reaching the exporting countries and used for their development. In this game, welcome to China that is really realizing projects…

  23. China is just but after Africans resources,poor structures done which wont last for long.people employed with minimal salaries and that wont sustain somebodies social needs.Africans engineers taken for granted paid small salaries less of truck drivers .you are overworked with manual jobs in addition to office works too.Jobs that comes from this guys are not life changers…we will suffer forever if china comes hard on us AFRICAN ENGINEERS.

  24. Initial trust is essential for any relationship. Frequently expectations influence outcome. Someone must cast the first bread crumb in order for returns to come to anyone; besides the implicit rules of thumb…. business is business, and advertising costs must be overcome in order for business sustainability…

  25. ….initial trust in relationships begins where? who should let down their guard first? do i show up waving money or weapons? how often do i get what i expect? am i in business, or am i giving away valuables? think! think! think! ….cosmic/peace…. sulaiman

  26. These guys called chinese are just good for nothing fellows whose aims are to steal from the brainwashed black sheep(africans) because what we are loosing to those fellows is much, much more valuable than the fake, poor quality goods they think they are pouring unto africa making many africans to neglect our own manufactured goods for chinese good for nothing goods.
    These guys are stealing from us during day time when we are all seeing.
    these same puppets are stealing our own ideas indirectly with fake partnerships and sholarships.
    AFRICANS WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. China has a motive behind the financing of Africa. It is fine Africa is being developed to meet the world development, but politically it is a risk.

  28. Very soon China is going to control of all Africa countries economically and politically because of the bad and greedy leader we have, they are taking control of our Ports, Railways,Airport, Power generation plants, Roads etc, very soon we are going to be forced to use chines currency and chines language will be a national language watch the space.

  29. This discussion about China’s investment to Africa is similar to the debate of whether colonization of Africa was bad or good for a previously primitive Africa when the Berlin conference in 1880s apportioned the continent with some good reasoning on the part of Europeans arguing they had the duty to bring civilization in the forms of (i) religious conversion of Africans into Christianity- believing Islam and Tribal Religions (dubbed animism) were not good enough; and (ii) literacy enlightenment (schools and formal education for science and technology)– by then it was only Egypt that was at par with European type of education system (recall: University of Alexandria, etc)- the rest of Africa being totally illiterate (save for Quran scholars on the Indian coast (Malindi, Zanzibar, Kilwa, Sofala) and paintings like those seen in the caves of Kondoa Irangi). It is argued that they did that in exchange for Africa’s natural resources as badly needed raw materials for their factories. In order to facilitate that process of extraction, they had to introduce new crops, modern ways of farming and constructed some communication infrastructure: roads, railways, ports- and of course a coercive governance system. In less than 100 years of colonial rule Africa managed to put their acts together, thanks to the second or third generation of “formally educated” Africans such as Gamal Nasser, Kwame Nkrumah, Lumumba and Nyerere, to demand for political freedom of Africa from colonial rule. I see like the history of Africa repeating itself, with the second scramble for Africa disguised in several forms. The only difference now is that when some African countries agree to sign for EPA with the European Union they at least know medium and long term consequences of that actions, when Africans adopt GMO seeds into their agricultural systems they also know what it means to their indigenous seeds, and of course, when African countries accept loans with outrageous conditions, they also know what they are doing. It is not like our forefathers who surrendered the sovereignty of their Kingdoms under the barrel of guns (against arrows!). The good thing with the Chinese is that they have an official policy on Africa which makes their stance on the continent predictable. Those who care to read the Chinese Official Policy will understand that if some of our leaders decide to accept conditions with bad terms then they do intentionally. You will will rarely find anything to justify blaming China on what is going on in Africa at the moment. China has opened its market to more than 800 items (raw and processed/manufactured) but very few Africans take advantage of that. It offers thousands of scholarships to Africans each year (of course just like Europeans did and continue to do). China, unlike Europe, believes in Africa’s agricultural green revolution and industrialization and has provided support for that. China don’t have any official policy to bring its laborforce to do manual work in Africa. When Tanzania differed with the terms for building a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) offered by China and opted for other sources, the friendship between the two countries was unshaken. The Chinese respected our decision, and continued to support Tanzania in other agreed areas.

  30. Beggars cannot be choosers, however, we must have some dignity. China has not forced any African country to get loans, its the Africans who go begging. The Chinese are simply doing business with willing partners. The claim about substandard work is misplaced. I have not heard of buildings or bridges collapsing in China due to poor materials or workmanship. The poor quality of Chinese work in Africa is caused by the corruption of the Africans supervising the works. A Chinese worker will carry his food up a crane and stay there from 7 to 7, the supervising engineer arrives on site at 9 am, takes tea, walks around leaves for lunch at 12:30 and does not go back for the rest of the day. The Chinese worker has targets to meet so he cannot seat around doing nothing while the African supervisor is away.
    When the Africans go to China to negotiate for the loans, the contingent is mostly composed of politicians, no technical people. If the Africans want a railway, the Chinese will offer to build and finance the railway and for good measure throw in some obsolete rolling stock, simply business! However, the money never actually leaves China. The contractor is paid in China. The materials are paid for in China. THE ONLY MONEY THAT COMES TO AFRICA IS WHAT THE CHINESE MEN SPEND ON TWILIGHT GIRLS!

  31. They are invading our country including rest of Africa. Forecast 2020 there will be 60 million of them. They steel assists in all business sectors, bribing GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, promise massive loans – which they do not give, but bribe for additional projects. Negative facts are massive , too much to insert here.
    So all genuine South Africans must arrange to have them, the Chinese kicked out of our country before they become the major population.

  32. There should be visible economic development in the locality in which the Chinese are working but this is not the case. Even at country level, the GDP should show some improvement, again this is not the case. Surely a loan of US$60 billion should be felt, but it never is. We may blame the Chinese to kingdom come but the truth is we are to blame. The Chinese contractors don’t pay taxes in the African countries in which they are working. For example, the Chinese contractor who built the standard gauge railway in Kenya should have been one of the highest tax payers, but they were not! All of us would love to earn and not pay tax!!

  33. Chinese assistance to Africa is good and timely. It is good because Africa’s traditional development partners are no longer able to provide the level of input that only China is able and willing to provide. Chinese intervention is timely during this time when the country is on the verge of becoming the next superpower and global economic giant. However, there is always a bad side to any good thing and I think in this case the downside is the flooding of African countries with cheap Chinese products. The net effect of this could be the killing of local industry in even the most basic items with the attendant high unemployment, negative trade balance, and lack of industrial development. It is impossible for local entrepreneurs to compete with Chinese goods and services.
    It is a complex situation which needs a complex solution. Instead of African leaders spending time looking after themselves, they should be addressing the issue of the impact of Chinese ‘invasion’ on their respective countries and how best this can benefit their countries now and for future generations.

  34. There is no hope for Africa while we still depend on Fiat Money. The Americans print the Money and the Chinese earn it. They then spend it on Africa by buying it. Zambia has been bought and I guess next is Mozambique. Africa will start speaking Chinese sooner than later. Mobile Money was discovered in Kenya and has grown popular as a source of accountability and cleaner electronic Money. Instead of embracing it as a new form of money to fight all forms of corruption through accountability governments are instead adding tax to the transactions. There is more hope for the colonialists than for Africa.

  35. BAD. GENUINELY = They are invading our country, and stealing all our assists, which they use to build up their force in China. Already 60 million are living here. So we MUST stop them.
    Financially they advertise big support – yet that is false , as it merely impresses public , particularly some Presidents who uses this, as a wish to stay in power.

  36. They are already taking over our beloved country, Zambia. It is stated that the Government owes them Usd billions, hence entitling them, the Chinese to effectively own our country. They MUST be kicked OUT immediately. No further contracts to be awarded, and prevention of massive bribery.
    They are moving into Africa, with intent to one day own it.
    SO every AFRICAN MUST STOP THEM IMMEDIATELY.

  37. Chinese companies and equipment suppliers have really spoiled the African Market and people too. They are dumping bad quality product and services at a price which is even lower than the actual raw material cost of the product, they are just doing corner cuttings, manufacturing below par quality and putting sand in eyes of customers. Really pathetic

  38. The western countries have always been mean with their aid especially where infrastructure is concerned. Let us be honest with one another that roads in sub-Saharan Africa were in a deplorable state but with the help from our friends; the Chinese, quality of lives in most countries has improved. What we need is accountability only! The west are jealous and they are doing their best to paint a bad picture about Chinese investment in Africa. I do not understand people that are talking about China buying this and that country. Where on earth has that happened in the modern era?

  39. if china investment AFRICA received . its good sure Africa will benefit . they are investing in core sector industries and infrastructure . their Approach is different because of the socialist Nature . they will consider local populations interest .that is the most important thing .core sector industries is foundation of a Developing Nation .the other things are all natural western propaganda

  40. i voted Good. But that was not what I intended. it does not represent my opinion about the havoc the Chinese are causing in Africa

  41. Good. Up to this point. However relationships between persons should be given time to grow. In order to ensure there is check and balance, projects should be implemented step-wise in a phrased manner (considering the life span of the joint project), thus ensuring that issues that require to be dealt with are handled appropriately and the idea of taking the other for granted is kept in check. If left open-handed things can go wrong. There is no free lunch.

  42. they don’t transfer any knowledge to African engineers or experts, this make us slave to them for any big projects.Also some projects can be done by Africans if we send the abroad to acquire these skills and those who are well experienced.

  43. never seen anything like that. even the Colonialism was more human. The Chinese they fart and then shit on Africans. let them go back. close the chapter.

  44. Extremely bad….the debt repayment obligation will put the entire country on stake.
    Wake up guys…take a lesson from sri lanka who ended up handing over a port to china on lease for 99 years because of the debt..OR Maldives where every individual Maldivian owes $8000 to china…!! This will take you to economic slavery..

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