African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6638

Review

Integrating Africa to global economy: Seeking a trilateral partnership of Sino-US and European Union

Dibah James Bala* and Wencong Lu
Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) Zhejiang University, Hua-jia-chi Campus, Hangzhou 310029 China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 07 September 2009
  •  Published: 31 October 2009

Abstract

This paper looks at the emerging presence of China in Africa along the parallel presence of U.S for raw materials and energy. While China’s presence has been perceived in the west as colonizing Africa that of America is suspicious, even though their quests and strategies are at variance, U.S preaches “good governance with responsibility”, transparency and accountability, China prefers the “soft power” and non-interference. At official levels, there is no “cold war’’ the mutual suspicions, is likely to endanger the sustainability of such resources, thus there is need for a collaboration in partnership between China, the U.S and the European Union, using Africa’s Road Map for economic integration, especially effective use of oil revenues and agricultural reforms and trade liberalization for economic integration for the mutual benefits Africa and the partners. This would present formidable opportunities and challenges that would profoundly alter the process of economic growth of the continent.

 

Key words: Economic integration, the continent, “soft power”, responsible governance, production and consumption patterns.