‘China dumping junk’

HARARE - A Zimbabwe government minister has accused China, a key ally of President Robert Mugabe, of dumping its cheap products in the country, and also blamed Zimbabweans' lack of entrepreneurial spirit.
Oppah Muchinguri, who is the Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development,

was speaking at a cocktail party hosted by the Zimbabwe Building Contractors Association (ZBCA) at the weekend.
Muchinguri said Zimbabwe’s education system did not prepare students to venture into business, leaving the Chinese to take advantage of the numerous business opportunities available in the country.
“This is why China is dumping its products in this country. We don’t have entrepreneurs. They (Chinese) have a business culture and they add value to their products,” said Muchinguri to the surprise of many guests.
Zimbabwe has since 2000 strengthened economic ties with China under its “Look-East” policy. The new relationship has seen thousands of Chinese nationals set up small businesses in Harare and other major cities.
But economic analysts accuse the Chinese of taking advantage of the dire economic circumstances in the country to sell cheap-quality products to desperate Zimbabweans.
Muchinguri said the government wanted the Indigenisation Bill in place to promote and protect local businesses from ‘foreign vultures’. – ZimOnline

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