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In 2006, which China named the
"Year of Africa," it quadrupled its investment
commitments to infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa, to more
than $7 billion. In 2007 China committed another $4.5
billion. Such funds could make a significant contribution
toward meeting Africa's infrastructure investment
needs. In the power sector, where Africa faces some of its
largest gaps, China is investing $5.3 billion, including
$3.3 billion in projects that, if completed, will increase
the region's hydro generation capacity by 30 percent.
China's growing role in Africa has generated much
discussion. A new study seeks to add concrete numbers and