Journal of African Trade

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Effect of China’s Zero-Tariff Treatment under Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on Export Diversification in Beneficiary Countries in Africa

Authors
Zhina Sun1, *, ORCID, Ehizuelen Michael Mitchell Omoruyi2
1China-Africa International Business School, Zhejiang Normal University, China
2Institute of African studies, Zhejiang Normal University, China
*Corresponding author. Email: zhinasun@zjnu.cn
Corresponding Author
Zhina Sun
Received 18 September 2020, Accepted 11 June 2021, Available Online 9 July 2021.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jat.k.210618.001How to use a DOI?
Keywords
China, zero-tariff treatment, export diversification, Africa, Forum on China–Africa Cooperation
Abstract

In this study, we quantitatively assessed the effect of China’s zero-tariff treatment on export diversification in beneficiary countries in Africa. We assessed its overall effect and its effect on particular industries and regions. The results showed that, overall, zero-tariff treatment significantly promoted export diversification. At the level of industry, zero-tariff treatment had a significant role in promoting the diversification of exports from the manufacturing industry, but did not significantly affect agriculture or mining. At the regional level, zero-tariff treatment significantly promoted export diversification among group members belonging to four major regional economic communities in Africa, albeit to varying degrees. Furthermore, three recommendations are proposed for improving the effect of zero-tariff treatment: expanding the use of benefits across regional groupings, reducing non-tariff barriers, and supporting African countries to enhance exports and production capacity.

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Journal
Journal of African Trade
Publication Date
2021/07/09
ISSN (Online)
2214-8523
ISSN (Print)
2214-8515
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jat.k.210618.001How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2021 African Export-Import Bank. Publishing services by Atlantis Press International B.V.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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JO  - Journal of African Trade
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