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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host CARI’s fifth Annual Conference, “Catalysts, Competition and Learning: Knowledge, Skills, and Technology Transfer in China-Africa Engagements,” on Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The fifth annual China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) Conference, “Catalysts, Competition and Learning: Knowledge, Skills, and Technology Transfer in China-Africa Engagements,” will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on April 15-16.
The two-day conference will feature experts who will explore the different facets of technology, skills, and knowledge transfer in the relationship between China and Africa. Prof. Xiaolan Fu, from Oxford University’s Department of International Development, will give the keynote address on “Multinationals, Local Capacity Building and Development: The Role of Chinese and European MNEs in Africa.”
Practitioners and scholars from leading institutions, including Johns Hopkins SAIS, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, Harvard University, and the World Bank, will discuss a variety of aspects, including the impact of special zones or training programs, and technology transfer in manufacturing or infrastructure sectors.
Monday, April 15, 2019
9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
9:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Panel 1: Laying the Map: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities in Technology, Skill, & Knowledge Transfer/Sharing
11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Panel 2: Geographies of Technology Transfer: Special Zones
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Speech
2:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Panel 3: The Production Line: Knowledge Transfer in the Manufacturing Sector
4:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Panel 4: Technology Transfer and Knowledge Spillovers from FDI: Ethiopia and Tanzania Surveys
5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Panel 5: Bridging the Gaps: Infrastructure and Knowledge Transfer
11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Panel 6: China Overseas: Channels and Challenges of Technology Transfer
12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Summing Up
For the full program of events and speakers, visit “Knowledge, Skills, and Technology Transfer in China-Africa Engagements.”
Time and Date
9:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Monday, April 15, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney-Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can RSVP to cover the event through the online registration formplease also email [email protected] to signal media status. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Please note: Interviews with participants and attendees may only be conducted in Kenney-Herter Auditorium during the evening reception on the first day of the conference and the networking lunch following the last session on the second day of the conference.
Media Contacts
Jason Lucas (for logistic inquiries)
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
office: +1 (202) 663-5620
mobile: +1 (202) 422-2652
[email protected]
Marie Foster (for agenda inquiries)
SAIS-CARI Program Coordinator
+1 (202) 663 5962
[email protected]
Sarahann Yeh
SAIS-CARI Communications Assistant
[email protected]
About the SAIS China Africa Research Initiative
The SAIS China Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) launched in 2014 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) to promote evidence-based understanding of the relations between China and African countries through high quality data collection, field research, conferences, and collaboration.
The mission of SAIS-CARI is promoting research, conducting evidence-based analysis, fostering collaboration, and training future leaders to better understand the economic and political dimensions of China-Africa relations and their implications for human security and global development.
For more information, visit the China-Africa Research Initiative or @SaisCari
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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