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Vol 1 (AAC) No 10

Published 1st August 2008


Washington, Beijing or African consensus?

Those African regimes seeking to emulate the Chinese model should remember that real development starts at home, argues Senegalese writer Adama Gaye

Sports and politics rhymed perfectly as the organisation of the Beijing Olympics confirmed China's global rise. And the impressive harvest of medals won by China's athletes lends credibility to claims that Beijing offers an alternative route to economic and social development. China's international achievements challenge the neo-liberal economic orthodoxy that has been dominant since the end of the Cold War. This orthodoxy - called the 'Washington Consensus' by economist Jon Williamson back in 1991 - now faces competition from Asia's success stories. Now, many developing countries, especially those in Africa, are tempted to follow what some call the 'Beijing Consensus'.

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