Chinese investment in Uganda: new impetus for sustainable development?

IIED Briefing
, 4 pages
PDF (164.4 KB)
Published: January 2019
IIED Briefing Papers
ISBN: 9781784316501
Product code:17493IIED

Chinese investment is flowing fast into Uganda, and spreading into the agriculture and forestry sectors. The government needs to keep pace with these developments so the benefits can be shared by Ugandans. A new analysis shows that, while the jobs and new businesses created are well received, the working conditions and environmental practices of Chinese companies are often poor. Many people evicted from their land to make way for new projects have not been compensated. To hold Chinese companies to account, government agencies, with support from NGOs, must share information about these investments and introduce stronger regulation — in particular to uphold community rights. In turn, Chinese companies must be more transparent, responsible and legally compliant. With a proactive and accountable strategy for Chinese investment management, Uganda could make major gains for sustainable development.

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Mayers, J. and Barungi, J. (2019). Chinese investment in Uganda: new impetus for sustainable development?. .
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