Cancelled - China’s Economic Engagement with the African Continent: Past Experience and Future Prospects

When: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 @ 09:00 - Fri, 20 Mar 2020

Where: Oxford

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CSAE China-Africa Conference Cancelled


11 March 2020

We are very sorry to announce that the China-Africa Conference 2020 has been cancelled.

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been following closely UK government advice on travel, and the events of the last 48 hours have made it clear that we will not be able to go ahead with the conference.

We are hoping to be in a position to hold a similar event in March 2021, and we will be in touch with updates during the rest of the year.


How can I register to attend the Conference?

Registration for this conference closed on Sunday 23 February. You can log back into your registration acccount for the China's Economic Engagement with the African Continent via the registration website. You can find out all you need to know about the conference on the registration website.

We will be livestreaming some of the presentations at the event. If you are not attending the conference you can watch all of the Mary Sunley Lecture Theatre presentations live on the CSAE website.

Original Programme

You can view the original China-Africa programme by clicking the button at the bottom of this page.

About the conference

We are delighted to announce that in 2020, the Centre for the Study of African Economies will hold its first-ever conference dedicated to China–Africa economic engagement. Empirical papers on the broad theme of China’s economic, development and political economy relationships with the African continent are invited. Suitable topics include, but are not limited to: aid, trade, foreign direct investment, industrialisation, public debt, Belt and Road Initiative, environmental sustainability, governance, and institutions

Keynote speaker: Prof. Deborah Bräutigam (Johns Hopkins University SAIS-CARI).

D.Brautigam title

First Panel: Industrialisation, Investment and Trade

  • Professor Lawrence Edwards (University of Cape Town)
  • Professor Heiwai Tang (University of Hong Kong)
  • Senior Economist Girum Abebe Tefera (World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab)

Alongside a keynote address and plenary panels, there will be parallel sessions where academics will present their empirical research. For these sessions, we will be looking for contributions on the broad theme of China’s economic and development relationships with Africa.

Convening panel: Meredith Crowley, Stefan Dercon, Lizzie Dipple, Markus Eberhardt, Pascal Jaupart, Benno Ndulu, Lina Song, and Adrian Wood.

Pre event in China

The early submission deadline for the CSAE China-Africa conference is no longer active. There will not be a pre-event this year, and therefore all submissions will be reviewed after the main deadline on 25 October 2019.


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Resources

We are closely monitoring advice from the UK government, the University of Oxford, and international health experts. Currently, the conference will continue as planned. We will keep our community up to date on the latest news, information, and approaches to help keep our attendees healthy and safe. We will communicate any changes with conference delegates directly and update our website accordingly.

Visit our FAQs page for trusted resources and to monitor recent developments. If you are a speaker at the conference and are concerned that you will not be able to travel to the UK due to COVID-19, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


View the conference programme:

China-Africa Programme