Asian Investments in West Africa: Impacts and Opportunities
Tom Burgis, West Africa Correspondent, Financial Times
Dr Charles Quaker Dokubo, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs
Markus Weimer, Research Fellow, Chatham House; co-author, Thirst for African Oil: Asian National Oil Companies in Nigeria and Angola
Speaker from the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs TBC
Chair: Professor Osita Eze, Director General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs
The increased efforts by Asian powers to (re-)engage with African states have generated a great deal of debate in African countries and among their international partners. Assessments of impacts and opportunities presented by Asian investments have often been clouded by generalised assumptions, lack of empirical research and, at times, prejudice.
This event organized by NIIA and Chatham House will mark the Nigerian launch of the Chatham House report Thirst for African Oil: Asian National Oil Companies in Nigeria and Angola, funded by the Revenue Watch Institute, which provides a comparative study of Asian national oil investments in Nigeria and Angola, analysing the nature of the investments, the political complexities of the relationships and how they have been managed by the host governments, and the outcomes so far of Asian countries' engagements. With the report as its foundation, the event will enable broader discussion of the nature and impacts of Asian engagement in West Africa.