Marrakesh, MOROCCO

27-28 NOVEMBER 2017



Master of ceremony:
  • Xin Wang, master of ceremony
Speeches :
  • Marwane Ben Yahmed, Managing Editor, Jeune Afrique
  • Zhang Guobao, former Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, China
  • Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Morocco

As Africa’s leading economic partners, Chinese investors are present in all sectors, both traditional and innovative. However, the relation between China and Africa still hasn’t reached its full potential as underlined by a Mc Kinsey survey that estimates that revenues generated in Africa by Chinese companies could increase by up to 144% by 2025. What are the existing obstacles to this and how can they be overcome? Will the “One Belt One Road” initiative (OBOR), presented as a unique occasion to accelerate Chinese investments in the world, and particularly in Africa, make this relation evolve?

Key Points :
  • Investing in new growth sectors, accelerating industrialization, encouraging skills transfers… What are the development priorities?
  • The OBOR initiative in Africa: achievements, skills and influence on the China-Africa partnership.
  • How to integrate African economic operators into the OBOR projects?

With more than one billion people and competitive labor costs, Africa represents the future of industry and a competitive environment for Chinese industrial relocation, at a time when the world value chains are evolving. However, the Chinese only source 47% of their inputs locally, and examples of co-production are still rare, due to high costs and a level of industrialization that is still too low. Has Africa, which needs to accelerate its industrialization, found the ideal economic partner in China?

Key Points :
  • The contribution of China in African industrialization: success stories
  • Special economic zones, industrial parks, strategic sectors, subsidies, protectionism… What industrial policies for effective China-Africa partnerships?
  • How to guarantee skill and technology transfers?

Even if China is the first international investor in Africa, Sino-African partnerships still have strong potential development. African expectations and Chinese interrogations need to align for this growth to be mutually beneficial. Morocco, which signed fifteen strategic agreements with China in 2016 and has a particular relation with the rest of the African continent, can act as a key link. How can African expectations be better aligned with Chinese investors’ interests? How can Morocco position itself as the crossroad for Chinese investments in Africa? How to build a shared and profitable future for all concerned?

Key Points :
  • Investing in Africa to guarantee sustainable and inclusive development
  • Morocco, a vital partner for the industrial and financial development between China and Africa?
  • Invest in Africa: answering Chinese investors questions

Investment funds, sovereign funds, state and private banks… Many players serve the Chinese and African private sectors. They enable African and Chinese companies to run their investments more efficiently, African States to meet their funding requirements, however they are still difficult to identify and involve. What are the traditional and innovative funding tools for the China-Africa relationship? How can they be made more accessible and efficient?

Key Points :
  • Financial institutions (AIIB, Silk Road Fund, BRICKS Bank, China-Africa Fund) : how to apply? What are their specificities compared to traditional investors in Africa ?
  • Fintech: how can innovative funding help Chinese-African investments?
  • Arbitration tribunals meeting the ISO and CSR standards; what judicial environment to encourage Chinese-African investments?

The infrastructure deficit costs Africa 2% of growth every year, according to the World Bank. To catch up, 93 billion dollars per year would be necessary. Inclusive growth and integration into the global economy for Africa will require the development of its infrastructures in transport, and energy and notably in the ICT sector. With an estimated capital of 3 000 billion dollars, the Chinese invest massively in the continent’s infrastructures, while transferring know-how and technology. Even if they are immediately profitable, these investments still generate issues that African and Chinese key players need to address.

Key points :
  • Scale and localization of infrastructure funding by China
  • Financial dependency, counterparts, adaptability and coherence of projects; questions and risks of Chinese investments in infrastructure.
  • Logistic and transports, energy, ICT; what priorities for the African continent?


Partnerships between Europe, China and Africa aim to place the African continent’s economic growth in a multilateral frame, and pool all partners’ forces. The creation of a France-China fund to finance Franco-Chinese projects is in line with this ambition. With an endowment of €300 million that could increase to €2 billion, it is jointly managed by the Chinese Investment Corporation and the French Caisse des dépôts et consignations. Will this model expand and what are its advantages?

Key Points :
  • Tripartite cooperation Europe-Chine-Africa: partners and projects
  • What governance and what political, judicial and economic perspectives for this new form of cooperation?
  • Will this tripartite model develop? What does it bring to the China-Africa relation?

According to the International Energy Agency, half of SubSaharan Africa’s new energy capacities comes from Chinese companies. They mainly come from renewable energies, a sector in which China has invested massively since 2014. Given the needs (more than 600 million African people still don’t have access to electricity) and the technological and infrastructure challenges, at a time when an innovation and cooperation alliance has just been created, are Chinese investors the most relevant partners?

Key points :
  • Smart grids, micro-plants, construction and facility operations: overview of the China-Africa cooperation and key players?
  • Implementing Chinese standards in Africa, funding solutions to improve China-Africa cooperation
  • How to reinforce the involvement of states in preliminary surveys, calls for tender, funding?

With an audience of 150 Chinese investors, representing all economic sectors, heads of African public and private companies submit their projects as “Investment pitches”. They will explain the nature and progress reports of their projects, their investment format and amounts. This will enable Chinese investors and the African project holders to form concrete and profitable partnerships.

Master of Ceremonies :
  • Xin Wang
Speeches :
  • Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Investment, trade et de and digital economy, Morocco





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