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Manufacturing Instability? Extractive Industries, the State and the Resource Curse in West Africa

Chatham House, London

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Tom Burgis, Financial Times
Chair: Dr Knox Chitiyo, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House 


The speaker, who has covered Africa for the Financial Times for six years, will discuss the relationships between foreign mining and oil companies, ruling elites, and middlemen involved in the extractive industries. Drawing on his time spent as the Financial Times West Africa Correspondent based in Lagos, he will argue that these actors, along with commodities consumers are complicit in a well-organised system that creates instability and violence and worsens economic conditions for the majority of west Africans.