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Swiss Extractivism: Switzerland's Role in Zambia's Copper Sector

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Abstract(English): Switzerland is usually not looked upon as a substantial economic actor in Africa. Taking Zambian copper as a case study, we show how important Swiss companies have become in the global commodities trade and the services it depends on. While big Swiss trading firms such as Glencore and Trafigura have generated increasing scholarly and public interest, a multitude of Swiss companies is involved in logistics and transport of Zambian copper. Swiss extractivism, we argue, is a model case for trends in today's global capitalism. We highlight that servicification, a crucial element of African mining regimes today, creates new and more flexible opportunities for international companies to capture value in global production networks. These opportunities partly rely on business-friendly regulation and tax regimes in Northern countries, a fact which makes companies potentially vulnerable to reputation risks and offers opportunities to civil society actors criticising their role. New and...
Authors: Dobler, Gregor
Type: Journal article
Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X19000089
Language: English
Subject: Etractivism
SWITZERLAND
ZAMBIA
Global commodities trade
TRENDS
GLOBAL CAPITALISM
Swiss extractivism
Servicification
International companies
Reputation risks
Link to Fulltext/Resources: http://library.africa-union.org/swiss-extractivism-switzerlands-role-zambias-copper-sector




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