Sino-African State Trading in Services: Added-Value through Angola-Model loaning, GATS commitments or FTAs?

Sieber, Charlotte (November 2010). Sino-African State Trading in Services: Added-Value through Angola-Model loaning, GATS commitments or FTAs? (NCCR Trade Working Paper 2011/48). Bern, Switzerland: NCCR Trade Regulation

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Paper presented by Charlotte Sieber-Gasser at the 5th Annual TRAPCA Conference, Arusha (Tanzania), 25-26 November 2010.

Despite the increasing volume of trade between China and African countries, not one single conventional free trade agreement (FTA) or economic partnership agreement (EPA) has yet been signed between an African country and China. Initially, Sino-African trade relations were to a very large extent centred on investments secured through bilateral investment agreements (BITs). The more recent Chinese investments on the African continent, however, are more informally based on FDI contracts with the state at the receiving end and a government-owned private company as the investor, or loosely attached to loans commonly known under term ‘the Angola-Model’. This rather unusual basis for economic integration and development assistance, outside the trodden path of free trade agreements and ODA, requires further analysis in order to understand how the current legal framework between China and the African continent impacts economic development and national sovereignty, and what kind of distributive consequences it may have.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Sieber, Charlotte

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

Series:

NCCR Trade Working Paper

Publisher:

NCCR Trade Regulation

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pablo Rahul Das

Date Deposited:

16 Aug 2016 16:54

Last Modified:

20 Feb 2020 08:52

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first draft, please do not cite without the authors’ permission

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.83849

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/83849

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