Chinese Investment in Ghana

Joseph Yaw Abodakpi


Over recent periods, especially in the last two decades, Africa has recorded growth and received inflows of both direct and indirect forms of foreign investment. This is due to ongoing globalisation and to the redistribution or allocation of capital and wealth among nations with the idea of competing on a global scale. Many countries, particularly sub-Saharan African countries, have seen this trend as part and parcel of their long term development plan and growth agenda ever since China became a development partner for most of these countries. In this paper, the Investment Development Path (IDP) theory introduced by Dunning in 1981 is used to examine the basis of the Chinese Investment model. The author sheds light on Chinese investment in Ghana after 2008 and the performance of these investments. In order to examine the possible positive impacts and prospects of foreign direct investment in Sub-Saharan African countries, the author considers the significant role of Asian investment, especially that of the People’s Republic of China and its strategic dominance of investment on the continent. The last section of the article briefly examines the specifics of Chinese investment in Ghana. Finally, the author presents a summary and some policy recommendations.


Ghana, China, FDIs, spillover effects

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