The Economic Premise series summarizes good practices and key policy findings on topics related to economic policy. They are produced by the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network Vice-Presidency of the World Bank.
China's recent moves to establish
special economic zones (SEZs) in several African countries
can make a significant contribution to industrialization in
Africa. But the success of these projects is by no means
guaranteed. Meeting the objectives of both China and African
countries will require an active partnership and a framework
for collaboration that includes engagement from host
governments, processes for phasing-in local control,
communication and enforcement of standards, and support for
integration with local economies.