China-Africa: what Chinese SMEs are looking for in Africa - JeuneAfrique.com

For the past ten years, Africa has been a real Eldorado for Chinese private entrepreneurs.

After the large parastatal conglomerates, arrived on the continent between 2000 and 2010 in the Chinese government's suitcases to build the vast infrastructure programs financed by Beijing, place to small and medium enterprises which, at their more modest scale, do not contribute not less to redraw the African economy in depth. "They are an essential first link in the industrialization of the continent," says Zhang Jianping, a researcher with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom).

These entrepreneurs came to Africa to find opportunities that no longer exist for them in today's China

Landed by the thousands in recent years, these Chinese SMEs benefit from the establishment of economic zones and industrial parks in Egypt, Nigeria, Djibouti and Tanzania to create microcosms that, in addition to

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