Bulldozer or Locomotive? The Impact of Chinese Enterprises on the Local Employment in Angola and the DRC


Xiaoyang Tang

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Friday, 1 January 2010


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This article published in the Journal of Asian and African Studies is to analyze the impact of Chinese enterprises on the local employment practices in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Based on surveys of over 100 Chinese and local companies and extensive interviews with managers and policy-makers in both countries made from July to December 2007, the study aims not only to depict the current employment practices of Chinese companies in Africa, but also to analyze the factors which affect the localization of employment. Two major patterns, bulldozer-type and locomotive-type, are identified and their implications for the local communities are discussed.