You are here

Africa Turning Golden

Africa Turning Golden: How a Continent is Moving Forward

Friday,  26 March 2010 and Saturday, 27 March 2010

This conference has become the largest on Africa at Columbia.  Relevant panels to APEC included “Aid vs. Investment,” which focused on the comparative effectiveness of aid and foreign investment in achieving economic development and advancing social and economic rights in African nations. Beginning with an examination of recent trends in foreign investment and the objectives and methods employed, participants spoke about the extent to which the incentive to seek profit is an appropriate model for sustaining capital inflow to Africa and laying the bedrock for economic self-sufficiency. ​

In “China-Africa Trade Summit,” speakers sought to address the major challenges and opportunities that lay ahead in trade and investment between Africa and China as they relate to issues of sustainability, economic growth and development and consumer protection.  With most of the major economies trying to recover from the global economic crisis, they addressed new questions about the future of trade and investment in the continent, particularly by China, which is now one of Africa’s foremost trading partners.  What are the implications of this fragile environment for the economies of African countries? How can a mutually beneficial environment for trade and investment both for local African businesses and foreign ones be ensured going forward? Lastly, who will look out for the interest of the African consumer? 

This conference was organized by the SIPA Pan-African Network, the African Business Club, and the African Law Students Association, and co-sponsored by several other centers at Columbia.

Contact Us

APEC Study Center at Columbia University
Columbia University, 3022 Broadway
2M-9 Uris Hall
New York, NY 10027-7004
212-854-3976

The Curl Ideas to wrap your mind around

5 Key Concepts For Every Chief Operating Officer

Alexander Tuff '03 discusses five key concepts every Chief Operating Officer should know.

Read More >

Startups for a Better World

More and more alumni entrepreneurs are launching ventures to serve the greater good.

Read More >

Columbia Business School Professor Predicts How Changes in Banking Laws Could Fuel Emerging Economies of Tomorrow

New research tracks emerging countries’ economics activity after law changes and finds a boost in access to credit; increase in employment rate; increase in productivity and sales for firms

Read More >

Power Isn't Enough: Study Reveals the Missing Link for Effective Leadership

New research from Columbia Business School shows that powerful leaders fail to listen properly and take others’ accounts into perspective, jeopardizing the impact they could have

Read More >

How Can You Be Entrepreneurial in Any Organization?

Vince Ponzo '03 demystifies the entrepreneurial mindset.

Read More >

Why China's Bubble Won't Burst

Fundamentals that aren't going away give China a shot at sustained high growth for the foreseeable future.

Read More >

Modi's Five Waves of Change

Each wave has the potential to boost India's GDP by at least a half percentage point, says Adil Zainulbhai, chairman of the new Quality Council of India.

Read More >

The Age of Vulnerability

In the United States, upward mobility is more myth than reality, says Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz. Downward mobility and vulnerability, however, is a widely shared experience.

Read More >

Angel Investing: The New Alternative Asset

Carefully selected and managed portfolios of personal angel investments can produce an average annual return of more than 25 percent.

Read More >