Africa Business Club Event: China-Africa Relationship: Win-Win?

In recent years, China has become Africa’s largest trade partner, while Chinese investment and finance flows to the continent have also grown significantly. As such, China has become a major player on the continent, a partner with whom African countries must foster mutually beneficial economic relations in their development process.

In general, China’s engagement has received positive return as it has been a major pawn in the impressive development of Africa. Some observers however, point at the unbalanced relationship and lack of interest of a long-term cooperation. Yet, some other see a huge potential for the continent and are calling for a strong China-Africa partnership.

The Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (BCECC) and the Africa Business Club – Brussels decided to bring the topic to the table and attempt to answer following questions: What are the challenges and opportunities for both sides? How can China’s presence be beneficial to Africa, and what can African countries bring to the cooperation? And what is the response of Europe? What are the main drivers of the success of this relationship? How is this relationship evolving? And last but not least, is this a win-win relationship?

To discuss this, the Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (BCECC) and the Africa Business Club – Brussels are pleased to invite you to a debate on ‘China-Africa: A Win-Win Partnership?’ on January 24, 2019 in Brussels.


H.E. Ahmed Inusa

Jan-Pieter Laleman

David Fouquet
H.E. Ahmed INUSA
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Belgium
Jan-Pieter LALEMAN
Country Risk Analyst
David Fouquet
H.E. Ahmed INUSA
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Belgium

Amb. Inusa is a career diplomat from Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria.  He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, and graduated in 1982 with a BSc in International Studies before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria in 1984 to begin a career as a Foreign Service Officer.  Both at home and abroad, he has served in many capacities and has attended several international conferences.  His overseas postings include the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, New York; Embassy of Nigeria, Budapest, Hungary; High Commission of Nigeria, Yaoundé, Cameroon, and High Commission of Nigeria, London, United Kingdom.  While in New York, he attended four United Nations General Assembly Sessions, mainly covering the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural).

Ambassador Inusa was the Director of the African Union Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015. He was later deployed as the Director, Posting and Passages Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Before his appointment as the Ambassador to Belgium, he served briefly as the Director First United Nations Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria.

Jan-Pieter LALEMAN
Country Risk Analyst - Credendo

Jan-Pieter Laleman joined Credendo, the fourth largest credit insurance group in Europe, in 2017. As Country and Sector Risk Analyst, Jan-Pieter is responsible for monitoring the political and economic situation in the Middle East, North Africa and East Africa. The renewed debt build up in Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the topics he has been following with close attention. Before joining Credendo he worked for two years as a research assistant at the Center for Economic Studies of the KU Leuven. Here he worked on various topics within the field of international trade. Jan-Pieter did both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Economics at the KU Leuven. After that he did a one year Advanced Studies Program of International economic policy research at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

David Fouquet
Vice-President - Centre Européen de Rercherches Internationales et Stratégiques (CERIS)

Professor David Fouquet is the Vice President of the Executive Board of CERIS Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques (since 2016). He had a long career as a journalist covering foreign, security and economic relations for leading publications, such as The Washington Post, Newsweek and Janes Defence Weekly in Washington, London and Brussels. He then became a consultant for major international companies, lecturer and writer concentrating on European-Asian relations since the mid-1990s. He has been involved in EU-sponsored international projects, lectured and participated in conferences throughout Asia and Europe. He has written and contributed to books on NATO and Asia and written and presented papers on various subjects revolving around EU-Asia relations and China’s foreign and security relations and policy. Professor David Fouquet is the director of the Asia-Europe Project. He also collaborates with a number of European and Asian think tanks, universities and media organisations.
Thursday, January 24th, 2018 at 7.00pm

SBS-EM Building - Avenue Roosevelt 42, 1050 Brussels (Room R42.4.502)
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Parking available on the campus (entrance via Avenue Buyl or Avenue Roosevelt)
18:30 Welcome & Registration
19:00 Welcome words by
  • Mr. Arsène Sefu Kalokola, Co-President of Africa Business Club – Brussels
  • Mr. Bernard Dewit, Chairman of BCECC
19:15 Debate moderated by Ms. Uzoamaka Madu, Founder of What's in it for Africa?
  • H.E. Mr. Ahmed Inusa, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Belgium

  • Mr. Jan-Pieter Laleman, Country Risk Analyst at Credendo

  • Mr. David Fouquet, Vice-President at Centre Européen de Rercherches Internationales et Stratégiques (CERIS)

20:00 Q&A
20:15 Networking drink

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25 EUR for non paid-up members.

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    Africa Business Club Event: China-Africa Relationship: Win-Win?

    24.01.2019 18:30 PM - 24.01.2019 22:00 PM
    SBS-EM Building (R42.4.502), Avenue F. D. Roosevelt 42, 1050 Bruxelles
    Activity price:
    Solvay Paid-up Member: € 0
    Non Paid-up Member: € 25
    Student: € 5

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