China, Morocco and Africa: Ties for a shared Development
Policy Center for the New South
At a time when the African economy is entering a new stage of development and transformation, there is an important potential for strengthening economic cooperation between China and Africa. The Belt and Road Initiative, adopted by the Chinese government, comes to deepen the already existing ties, and places Morocco as a key actor in China’s expansion to new African markets. In this regard, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in 2017, aiming to promote the Belt and Road Initiative.
Discussing the China-Morocco economic cooperation is only relevant when analyzing four priority areas for China and Africa, with Morocco as a particular focus: Infrastructure, Industry, Trade and Development Strategies. China’s presence in Africa can be first analyzed through its investments in infrastructure, since it plays a huge role in financing the pressing needs of African countries in performant and sustainable (green) railways, highways, bridges and ports. Also, as industrialization in the continent is moving forward, some African countries have been successful so far at attracting Chinese manufacturing ventures, thus it is relevant to assess China’s involvement in developing an African industry and integrating it into the Global Value Chains. Trade remains finally a key indicator in evaluating the overall economic cooperation between China and Morocco, and a relevant topic allowing to identify the challenges and the necessary adjustments. This analysis leads naturally to a discussion on the different development strategies adopted by China on one hand, and Morocco and the rest of Africa on the other.
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