• What We're About:

    The 4th Industrial Revolution is underway and it presents significant opportunity as well as challenges for the global community, especially for developing economies. Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data and Cloud Computing are becoming mainstay topics in government planning, media coverage and within the Africa-China relationship. Indeed, in recognition of the increasing centrality of ‘digitization’ to economic development, science, technology and innovation took on increased prominence during the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in 2018. And there is reason to believe that increased technological cooperation between China & Africa could not only drive economic growth but also enable improved people-to-people relationship and importantly act as a leveller in a relationship that is often imbalanced.

     

    In China, the number of internet users soared from 25 million in 2000 to over 750 million in 2017. After a similar surge in Africa, the number of internet users rose from 4.5 million in 2000 to 470 million today. Catering to the new market of internet users in China, tech companies like Alibaba and Tencent became the global giants they are today; through digital partnerships with Chinese firms experienced in navigating a boom in internet literacy, African tech companies can likewise realise the potential of the new online market. This potential is already showing, as evidenced by Alibaba's partnership with M-Pesa, and the recent $20 million Chinese investment in Boomplay, now labelled “Africa’s Apple Music.” However, despite the potential that technology presents the China-Africa relationship issues, such as data ownership, remain.

    • What are they key opportunities for technological partnership between China and Africa?
    • What are the key challenges that the 4th industrial revolution raises for China Africa and how can they be mitigated?
    • How can we build ‘sustainability’ into our digitising world?
    • How can an understanding of the digital media landscape in China be leveraged to advance business in booming African industries such as Tourism?
    • How can we leverage technology to enhance cross-cultural engagement and understanding?

  • PRr Speakers

    Hong Xiang Huang, Founder, China House

    Keynote, Star of Oscar-shortlisted move The Ivory Game

    Hongxiang will share his experience of doing research in Latin America and Africa regarding China's Going Global. As a journalist, his coverage of of social and environmental conflicts, such as mining conflicts, ivory trade, has brought him to interesting opportunities such as taking part in Oscar-shortlisted movie the Ivory Game, being a friend of Jane Goodall, and being nominated for Forbes China 30 Under 30. He will discuss how to create bridges inw between China and the world to reduce those conflicts. He is also the founder of China House, a social enterprise focusing on sending young Chinese to the One Belt One Road region.

    Eric Olander, Founder, China Africa Project

    Workshop, Writing about FOCAC Journalism

    Eric Olander is the co-founder of The China Africa Project, a non-partison, non-profit multimedia initiative dedicated to exploring every facet of China's engagement in Africa. The China Africa Project produces a weekly audio podcast, curates a weekly email newsletter and moderates daily discussions among its one million followers on social media.

     

    "CHINA IS HELPING AFRICA!" screams one headline then one click away you'll see "CHINA IS COLONIZING AFRICA!" How can both be true? What is going on? Too often international news coverage of China-Africa uses tired, worn out stereotypes and caricatures in their reporting on this complex issue. This workshop will identify these so-called "embedded narratives" and how they are defined in different parts of the world. This is going to be a lively, practical and actionable session that will help you become a more informed consumer of China-Africa news and information. Join us!

    Zahra Baitie, Founder, Kente and Silk

    Opening Statements, “A Single Bracelet Does Not Jingle” – How the first Africa Week came to be ​

    Zahra Baitie is a Ghanaian, British and Lebanese consultant focused on promoting African agency in the China-Africa relationship.

     

    Recent popular depictions of China-Africa relations: the Spring Festival Gala Skit, the racist exhibition in Wuhan comparing Africans to animals, and the highly problematic Wolf Warrior II blockbuster movie among others have highlighted the lack of understanding and deep cultural understanding in China-Africa relations. In May 2018, four young Africans decided to address this issue and create positive engagement of Africa in China. They planned Beijing’s first-ever Africa week – a series of Africa-centered events and activities. Over the course of the week (May 18th – 26th), they engaged over a 1,000 people of different ages and nationalities and created several opportunities for meaningful cultural connection and learning through dance, art, music and discussions. This workshop, led by the lead curator of Africa Week – Beijing, tries to distill the experiences and lessons that allowed Africa Week to be a success and how others may learn from the experience to create

    Musa Frimpong, Founder and Team Lead, Duapa Africa

    Panelist, The Increasing Role of Youth in China Africa

    DUAPA AFRICA is a social enterprise committed to driving the socioeconomic transformation and sustainable development of Africa and the world through education, empowerment and employment solutions.

     

    Perhaps one of the most common cliché told to the world is that “the youth are the future leaders”, but must they go to sleep only to wake up to realize that future is not exactly what they wanted or even worse, that future has been destroyed before they can inherit it. The growing China-Africa cooperation cannot be left to the mercy of the older generation alone. In this workshop, participants will learn proven strategies and experiences to help them use their unique advantages to positively shape, influence and impact this important relationship in creating the future they want.

    Stephany Zoo, Founder, China Africa Tech Initiative

    Workshop, Tech in Africa 101

    Having lived on three continents, Stephany strives to create stories that knit together diverse backgrounds and is currently fostering China-Africa tech ecosystems. Entrepreneurial at heart, Stephany founded ecommerce site BUNDSHOP.com, and League X, a boutique tech branding firm. She helped launch SAP’s flagship SME product in China, as well as consulted for a number of Chinese SOE’s, including Ping’An and China Telecom. A passion project is Phoenix Risen, a nonprofit to bring men and women together to combat sexual violation, active in New York, Nairobi, and Shanghai.

    Eke Agbai Jr., Co-Founder, Ukit Hub

    Workshop, Bridging Cultural Gaps with Common Denominators

    Ukit Hub is a social impact organization devising solutions for social problems related to education across rural communities in the eastern and western parts of Africa. We believe education is an instrument that can extricate people from the shackles of poverty by equipping them with marketable knowledge. Thus we deem problems that threaten the equitable spread of education a nuisance. Our primary concern is to disrupt and eliminate such problems (with your help).

     

    Interactively, we will look at practical ways of bridging cultural gaps. We will employ a bit of behavioral psychology, namely the mental operations of systems 1 and 2 (as relates to Daniel Kahneman's definitions in the book, Thinking, Fast and Slow), to understand how we often, by ourselves but with the support of our biases, reinforce culturally separative stereotypes. When we are done, we will dance!

    Michelle Yanjie Xiong, Medical Marketing Director, Guilin Pharma

    Panelist, The Increasing Role of Youth in China Africa

    Michelle is the Medical Marketing Director for Guilin Pharma (a member of Fosun Pharma) based in Shanghai. She has over ten years’ experience exploring the African pharmaceutical market. She heads the international medical affairs and marketing activities for Guilin Pharma.

     

    In the last 8 years Michelle and her team have built Artesun® (Artesuante for injection), the No. 1 Chinese innovative new drug as the leading brand and gold standard treatment for severe malaria. So far, Fosun Pharma has supplier over 100 million vials of Artesun® to Africa, which is estimated to save 20 million lives.

    Nimo Wanjau, Founder, Mzinga

    Workshop, Leveraging Content on WeChat

    Nimo Wanjau came to China in 2009 to study Chinese then later went on to do her Masters at Tsinghua University in Business Journalism. She went on to join a tech start-up after graduating then joined Beijing based family expat magazine as the web editor. In this role from 2014, she went on to learn and grow the company's WeChat and content marketing strategy. Now, a communications manager at an international school, she is on a mission to revamp their official WeChat account to be the digital marketing tool for the organisation. During her spare time she helps her friends and SMEs to leverage their official WeChat accounts.

     

    Content, WeChat and Growth, Oh My! In China today, WeChat is a powerful tool that can be converted into a source of revenue generation that all depends on CONTENT. Good content is easily shared that transforms to getting followers who become your brand's digital spokesperson. Learn how to use the various WeChat official accounts as a digital marketing tool. Come ready to explore the endless (official) WeChat account possibilities!

    Jinghao Lu, East Africa Market Leader at Honeywell Technologies Kenya Limited

    Panelist, The Increasing Role of Youth in China Africa

    Jinghao Lu is the East Africa Market Leader at Honeywell Technologies Kenya Limited, in charge of developing strategy and sales leads towards Chinese funded projects in Africa. He brings over 7 years of experience working with leading African real estate, infrastructure and energy companies to build partnership with Chinese sovereign wealth funds, banks, construction multinationals and equipment manufacturers.

     

    Jinghao has been interviewed on China-Africa related topics by a number of Chinese, African and western media outlets, including CCTV, CNN, BBC, The Guardian, People’s Daily, Al Jazeera and SABC. He published papers in several academic journals and magazines on China-Africa related topics.

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