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August 27, 2015

African Cities Are Starting to Look Eerily Like Chinese Ones

In this interview, Roggeveen talks about China’s visible impact on urban development in Africa. He says "Africa is urbanizing at the same pace as China did in the past 30 years, but in a process that is less coordinated and aligned...."


"There are many resemblances. First of all, the speed of urbanization is similar. But also, the level of energy and dynamism and the ambition for progress in Chinese and African cities are comparable. Driving through the fringe of Nairobi, with its construction sites, road works, traffic jams, and advertisements for furniture and processed food one could easily imagine being in the outskirts of a Chinese city...."


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