As the African Development Bank convenes in Shanghai for its annual meeting, African and international civil society groups call for greater public accountability in China’s relations with Africa. China’s expanding role in Africa may represent a great opportunity for development, but only if China is careful not to repeat the errors that Western powers made in the past.
A delegation of African and international non-governmental organizations are currently visiting Shanghai and Beijing for a dialogue with Chinese government officials, academics, and civil society groups. They presented their concerns and recommendations at the beginning of the African Development Bank’s annual meeting.
Peter Bosshard, the policy director of International Rivers Network, said:
"As a developing nation, China is in a unique position to offer advice and support to African countries. China should learn from the mistakes of Western governments, and should not turn a blind eye to corruption and environmental destruction in the projects it promotes."
oday, International Rivers Network in Shanghai released a report that outlines civil society concerns surrounding China’s role in financing African infrastructure projects.