Work, Employment, and Training through Africa-China Cooperation Zones: Evidence from the Eastern Industrial Zone in Ethiopia

Image: Flickr, Michael Davis- Burchat
Image: Flickr, Michael Davis- Burchat

As an emerging mode of Africa-China cooperation, the promotion of Chinese special economic zones (SEZs) in Africa has attracted much academic and media attention.

However, little is known about the development trajectory of particular SEZs, especially how skills transfer is delivered to and received by local workers in different Chinese companies. Taking the Eastern Industrial Zone (EIZ) in Ethiopia as a case study, this policy brief provides a cross-company and cross-sector analysis of local worker experiences of working for, training with, and learning from Chinese companies.

1 Jan 2018