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FOCAC and Industrialization in Africa in the New Era
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Given China’s position as Africa’s largest trading partner, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has arguably become the continent’s most important diplomatic and economic gathering. The crowning moment of the latest FOCAC meeting, held in South Africa in December 2015, was the pledge by the Government of China to grant African countries 60 billion US dollars in ‘development’ assistance over the next three years. Indeed, at the 6th FOCAC summit meeting, the pledge announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping represents a tripling of the financial commitment China made to Africa at the previous FOCAC meeting in 2012.

In September 2016, the Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR) will publish a special issue entirely devoted to the notably greater and sharper focus put on industrialization by China and African nations. Based in Ottawa, Canada, and published by the Taylor & Francis Group, United Kingdom, TNCR publishes peer-reviewed, high-quality research on questions related to transnational corporations, foreign direct investment, institutional innovation and international development. Working with the experts and authors from all over the world, TNCR has an emphasis on China with other BRICS countries and emerging markets, such as African economies.

Guidelines for the submission of abstracts

We invite abstracts that speak to the central topic of the special issue on industrialization in the era of major scientific breakthroughs and the challenges of a new mode of industrialization in the era of the solar revolution and biologics. In collaboration with the high level agencies and experts in the field, this special issue seeks to bring new dimensions of the relations between China and the peoples of Africa by papers on the FOCAC pledges and the planning of the states in areas of education, gender, culture, mining and the environment in the transformation of Africa.

The following sub-themes will form the core of this special issue:

  • FOCAC today and implications of ‘strategic complementarity’
  •  “Industrial capacity cooperation” and the meaning for Africa in the changed world
  • Lessons to be learned from the Chinese experience with heavy industries and various forms of industrialization
  • The prospects of a transformational state in African development theory and practice
  • The future of Sino-African relations in the context of  South-South cooperation
  • Sino-African cooperation and agricultural transformation
  • Infrastructure development in Africa and the integration of African societies
  • The facilitation of Chinese trade and investments in Africa
  • Economic diversification of resource-blessed Africa
  • Institutional innovation, reform and development from China’s experience
  • The role of small and medium enterprises in Africa’s transformation
  • The contribution of Chinese large state-owned corporations to Africa’s development, especially in the construction and financial sectors

To submit an abstract, please send it as an attachment (Microsoft Word) via email to both Prof. Horace G. Campbell ( and Dr. Dunia P. Zongwe (, indicating briefly the selected sub-theme (from the list above) in the subject line of your email. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Also include the  information with a brief statement (not more than 100 words) regarding your full names, affiliation(s), present status/position, telephone number, email address as well as your research interests. Please do not include any personal information in the attached abstract as it will go through a blind peer review process.

For all queries concerning the submissions, please contact Dr. Dunia P. Zongwe ( and copy your email to the Assistant Editor Jennifer Ma ( and/or

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 21 March 2016
  • Notification of accepted abstracts: 4 April 2016
  • Submission of full papers: 4 July 2016