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The Innovation Project Team of IWAAS Went to Shenzhen and Guangzhou for Academic Research


On March 18 to 22, 2019, the innovation project team of China-Africa Production Capacity Cooperation Key Countries Studies and the innovation project team of the journal “West Asia and Africa” of the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS), CASS, went to Shenzhen and Guangzhou for joint academic research. The research team made up of Yao Guimei, An Chunying, Yao Baorong, Liu Naiya, Feng Jihua and Zhang Chunyu, did research in some units, including China International Marine Containers (Group) Ltd. (CIMC), Shenzhen Energy Group Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen Energy), Institute for African Studies, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), and Center for African Studies of School of Sociology and Anthropology Sun Yat-sen University.
 
On March 18, the research team did research in the CIMC, and Gao Shang, the general manager of CIMC Offshore Business introduced the basic situation of the CIMC to the researchers.  CIMC is a world leading supplier of logistics and energy equipment. CIMC was founded in January 1980 as a joint venture invested by China Merchants Group and East Asiatic Company in Shenzhen and was initially managed by EAC executives. Currently, CIMC is a public A+H share listed company, whose main shareholders are China Merchants Group, China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, Hony Capital, etc.  CIMC is dedicated to supplying high-quality and reliable equipment and services, including containers, vehicles, energy, chemical and food equipment, offshore, logistics services, airport facilities, etc.   As a diversified multinational industrial group that shoulders the mission of global serving, CIMC has over 300 member enterprises and 3 listed companies in Asia, North America, Europe, Australia and others, and extensive customers and sales networks covering more than 100 countries and regions.  Gao Shang also introduced the main ideas and patterns of developing overseas business. He said the key areas of the offshore oil and gas development in the future are Brazil and the West and East African regions, and Angola, Nigeria, Congo, Djibouti and South Africa would be the key countries for CIMC to do business, which created the possibility for cooperation between IWAAS and CIMC. After the discussion, the research team also visited the exhibition hall of the CIMC Offshore Business. Gao Ming, the chief investment officer of the Strategic Development Department introduced in detail the conditions of the large marine engineering equipments, including Blue Whale One, which is carrying out the task of combustible ice mining in the South China Sea.

 

On March 19, the research team went to Shenzhen Energy for research. Wang Jinxiao, the deputy general manager of Overseas Business Department of Shenzhen Energy, introduced the basic situation of the company.  Shenzhen Energy is the first large joint-stock enterprise in electric power industry of China listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the first listed public utility company in Shenzhen.  The Company consists of seven core businesses and many branches at home and abroad, including more than 30 member enterprises under its control.  It has initially formed a strategic pattern with power generation as its core and the comprehensive development of environmental protection and other related industries.  At present, the industrial layout of Shenzhen Energy has expanded to 22 provinces and cities in China and overseas regions such as Ghana in Africa.  Wang Jinxiao mainly introduced the business model of Ghana Ansaigu Power Station Project in Ghana, which is the first power project invested and constructed by China in Africa.  It not only solved the urgent local power needs, but also better realized the transfer of Chinese power equipment and technology to Ghana, and achieved good economic and social benefits.
 
On the morning of March 21, the research team went to Institute for African Studies, GDUFS, for research. Dean Liu Jisen introduced in detail the basic situation of the university and the history of the establishment and development of the Institute for African Studies.  The Institute for African Studies of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies was established in 2016. The institute consists of the following facilities: Research Center on Investment and Trade with Africa, Global Marketing and Research Center for Chinese Culture, "The Belt and Road" Business Talents Training Center and "The Belt and Road" Talents of Chinese Medicine Training Center.  The major functions of the institute include: To carry out basic theoretical research about Africa as an entirety and about different African countries from various perspectives such as economy, politics, culture and diplomacy; To cooperate with departments concerned within Chinese government, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce and the Guangdong Provincial People's Government, and offer them research reports and policy advisory services on certain heated topics; To provide services, ranging from policy advisory service to the planning of economic parks, for local governments on issues such as investment and economic cooperation with Africa (e.g. the establishment of economic cooperation projects and investment projects in Africa by Chinese local governments); To provide advisory services on investment policies and investment planning for enterprises that have the intention to invest in Africa; To host and participate in conferences and forums on African studies, African investment, African affairs, etc., to invite African professionals to give lectures in China, and to arrange with Chinese experts for lectures in Africa; To cultivate professionals in economic management and diplomacy for African countries, and to train professional or technical personnel for African countries to meet their specific demands.  Although the Institute for African Studies has not been established for a long time, its research in the field of African economy and trade has its own characteristics. The positioning and the specific methods of applied research are complementary to those in the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies, which provides the possibility for in-depth cooperation between the two sides.
 
On the afternoon of March 21, the research team went to Center for African Studies of School of Sociology and Anthropology Sun Yat-sen University for research.  Director Zhu Tiequan, Professor Ye Lin and Professor Chen Qiliang, a visiting scholar form Norway, and two foreign students from Kenya and Zimbabwe from Sun Yat-sen University participated in the discussion.  Director Zhu Tiequan introduced the overall situation and research fields of the center, as well as his archaeological projects in Kenya and along the "Maritime Silk Road".  Professor Ye Lin and Professor Chen Qiliang, and other three participants respectively described their own research projects, including land form in Zimbabwe, African anthropology, China-Africa intermarriage families and mixed-blood children, etc.  The research style and topics of the research center are complementary to the macro research style and content of the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies.
 
Through this research, the research team has gained a relatively comprehensive and profound understanding of the operating situation of Chinese enterprises In Africa and the research fields and achievements of the two newly-established African research institutes, which will be of great benefit to further deepen innovation engineering research and develop the research cooperation in the future.


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