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Chapter 6: An African perspective of the globalization of Chinese business practices
This conceptual and empirical chapter examines three Chinese small business enterprises located in neighbouring countries of Tanzania and Zambia. The businesses are: a restaurant (in Tanzania), a poultry farm (in Zambia) and a retail/wholesale shop (in Tanzania). The chapter looks at the socio-economic implications of Chinese investments in Africa with a special focus on Chinese small business enterprises in Africa. The purpose of this study was to explore small Chinese business enterprises in Africa. In doing so, the study identified the following aims: socio-economic impactions of Chinese business enterprises in Africa; issues and challenges facing small African business enterprises; the role of African governments; and future directions for (small) African business enterprises. In this chapter, the terms Chinese investments and Chinese business enterprises are used synonymously. Chinese investments in Africa, whether operated by large corporations or individuals, have significant implications on relationships not only between China and Africa but also between the East (China in particular) and the West. Historically, countries in Sub-Sahara Africa were colonized by Western imperialists. The record of economic development and social advancement in these countries was less than satisfactory under colonial rule. Arguably, (ordinary) citizens in these countries hoped the economic fortunes would change positively if and when their countries gained independence. However, gaining independence from former colonial rulers did not deliver economic development and prosperity to the majority of the masses in these countries.
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