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Jumping on the bandwagon? Business potentials for local African and international SMEs through China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the infrastructure sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has reinforced China’s business engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). While previous international business research focused on the internationalization and investments of Chinese companies, this viewpoint uncovers how both local African and international non-Chinese Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) may benefit from and participate in the BRI. A focus is laid on the infrastructure sector accounting for the highest investments since the inception of the BRI in 2013. In a conceptual way, the motives of SMEs to participate in infrastructure project business in the context of the BRI are explored. Investigating the challenges of two large transport infrastructure projects, the business potentials for SMEs become visible. It is argued that SMEs find business potentials particularly as investors, sub-contractors and project management experts in the BRI in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Author of HS ReutlingenZüfle, Simon
Erschienen in:African Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship : AJIE
Publisher:Adonis & Abbey
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2023
Tag:Africa; BRI; China; SME; infrastructure
Page Number:11
First Page:107
Last Page:117
DDC classes:330 Wirtschaft
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt