7 August: China and Brazil in African Agriculture – news roundup

Zimbabwe in talks for $4bn Chinese loan

The Zimbabwean government is currently in discussions with China over a $4bn bailout loan. This loans comes at an important time as Zimbabwe tries to stabilise its current economic slump. As part of these negotiations, Mugabe will go on an official state visit to China in the near future, during which the Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe has suggested that some development assistance might also be provided.
(Zimbabwe Independent)

Mozambican Minister of Agriculture’s speech on ProSavana

The Minister of Agriculture in Mozambique has given a public speech aimed at clarifying the intentions and activities of the ProSavana programme. The transcript is available.
(Moçambique para todos blog)

Brazil and the South Observatory

The Brazilian think tank Articulacão Sul has set up a new centre called the Observatório Brasil e o Sul (Brazil and the South Observatory). This will carry out research and events on ‘International Development Cooperation’, ‘Integration and Political Alliances’ and ‘Trade and Investments’.
(OBS newsletter)

Rising Powers and Labour and Environmental Standards

A special edition of Oxford Development Studies journal was published in June entitled ‘Rising Powers and Labour and Environmental Standards: Challenges to the global governance of consumption, production and trade’. This includes an introductory article with the same title by Khalid Nadvi who is the Principle Investigator of the Rising Powers Programme of which CBAA is one project.
(Oxford Development Studies)

Rising Powers from Emerging Powers

Khalid Nadvi also contributed to this special edition journal entitled ‘Rising Powers from Emerging Powers – The changing face of international business’. It includes various articles on how business models and engagements are changing in the Global South.
(International Business Review)

Implications of a Changing China for Brazil: a new window of opportunity?

“This report examines how structural change in China is expected to present new opportunities and challenges for Brazil to enhance its global position and energize growth. Building on recent work (World Bank and Development Research Center, 2013), this report identifies three potential longer-term transformations of the Chinese economy structurally slower growth, a rebalancing on the demand and supply side, and a move up the value chain and examines their implications for Brazil.”
(World Bank)

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