On behalf of Dr. Ulf Henning Richter I am pleased to inform you about the first Call for Papers for the AIB SSA 2015 Conference on “AFRICA DIRECT INVESTMENT: Trends, Prospects, Challenges and Policy Issues” which will take place from August 26-28, 2015, in Johannesburg, South Africa (as attached).
In recent years much attention has been paid to the surge in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the so-called BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – in Africa. However, there is a significant unfolding development that has yet to receive as much attention: the marked increase in African firms investing in Africa, or Africa Direct Investment. According to Ernst & Young, intra-African FDI is growing faster than FDI from any other region and has increased over 30 per cent since 2007; in a similar vein, in the period 2003/13, there were more greenfield investments from African firms (994) than there were from Asian (including Chinese and Indian) firms (959), according to fDi Markets.
With the decades-long dream to expand intra-African trade and investment – evident in the dozens of treaties, regional trade agreements and public speeches of African political leaders – finally becoming a reality, there is a need to understand what factors are driving this trend, as well as the prospects, challenges and policy implications. Our 2015 annual conference therefore aims to shed light on this topical issue. We seek conceptual and empirical papers, as well as teaching case studies and panels from scholars, business professionals, policy makers, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students which contribute to a greater understanding of the issues contained in the theme above.
We also welcome submissions that address wider international business and management
agendas and geographical contexts.
Submissions should be made to (only) one of the following tracks:
Intra-African Trade & Africa-to-Africa Internationalization Strategy
International Entrepreneurship, SMEs & Informal Exporting
FDI, Global Value Chains & the Geography of IB
Human Resources, Culture & Language in International Business
Marketing & Consumers in International Business
Sustainability, Responsible Leadership & Governance of Natural Resources
Economic Diplomacy & Institutional & Political Environment of IB
International Finance, Accounting & Economics
General Track: International Business & Management
Teaching Cases Track
Student Track (excluding Doctoral students)
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015
I am looking forward to seeing you all in Johannesburg.
All the best,
Project Assistant of China-Africa Summit
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Ningbo, Zhejiang, China 315100
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