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Managing Natural Resource Rents: China and Africa

IGC Growth Week 2010 public lecture

Date: Monday 20 September 2010 
Time: 4.30-6pm
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Paul Collier
Discussants: Dr Christopher Alden, Dr Gobind Nankani, Alan Winters

Is China's strategy - of negotiating deals in which resources are exchanged for infrastructure - mutually beneficial, or a new variant of the plunder of Africa? China 'asks no questions' of African governments: is that respectful of African sovereignty or an abrogation of responsibility?

With natural resources playing a central role in African development, Professor Paul Collier, author of The Plundered Planet, explores these key questions with Dr Christopher Alden, Reader at the Department of International Relations, LSE, as a discussant.

Professor Paul Collier is Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), Oxford University, and academic co-director of the International Growth Centre (IGC).

Christopher Alden is Reader at the Department of International Relations, LSE.

Gobind Nankani is Executive Director of the International Growth Centre and former Vice President for Africa at the World Bank.

Alan Winters is Chief Economist, UK Department for International Development

This event will include at the start a welcome address from Gobind Nankani, Executive Director, International Growth Centre and Alan Winters, Chief Economist, UK Department for International Development.

This is the first public event of Growth Week 2010, a three-day conference organised by the International Growth Centre| (IGC). The next public event is on 20 September at 6.30pm and is entitled Mobile phones and Development|.

On 12 October Andrew Mitchell, the UK Secretary of State for International Development take part in an event on Wealth Creation in Developing Countries| with Professor Paul Collier, see event listing for more details.

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