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Africa: Study reveals that perceptions of Chinese business in Africa differ among countries

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21 February 2014

SA [So. Africa] leads Africa in anti-Chinese sentiment

Author: Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Mail & Guardian (So. Africa)

China has become accustomed to hearing complaints from Africa about how their businesses are operating on the continent...A new study reveals, however, that perceptions of China in Africa differ from country to country...[Conducted] by...Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) [the study reveals]..."[t]here is a perception that Chinese companies do not treat...African staff with respect, do not provide decent working conditions, have little regard for health and safety conditions of their employees and have little regard for basic workers' rights,"...Sven Grimm...of the Centre for Chinese [S]tudies...says one should...make a distinction between state-owned enterprises...and smaller private businesses...Lately the Chinese government has, for example, compelled state-owned companies...to put in place better social responsibility practices, but those are not necessarily followed by small-scale operators...

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1 February 2014

Africans' perceptions of Chinese Business in Africa: A Survey

Author: Ethics Institute (South Africa)

This survey measures Africans’ perceptions of the business practices of Chinese nationals (hereafter “Chinese Business”) in African countries...China stands accused of being a ‘new colonial power’, extracting resources for their own benefit with little return for Africa. In addition, Chinese presence in Africa is viewed with suspicion...and their human rights record, labour practices and environmental practices are often questioned. On the other side, the Chinese are very positive about their investment in Africa, contending that it contributes to the development in Africa. However, we cannot rely on assumptions...hence the need to measure the perceptions of Africans themselves. This report presents the findings...Fifteen African countries...participate[d] in the survey... In total, 1,056 Africans completed an online questionnaire...

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