Chinese retail spreads in Uganda amid local jealousy
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) —The last time men posing as immigration officials showed up at Wei Kun's shoestore in the Ugandan capital of Kampala,the Chinese trader forked out $1,000 in bribes to prevent his business frombeing shuttered.
"I have many, many problems. It's verydifficult to make money here," Kun said as he waited for customers insidehis shoe store.
Yet Kun's perseverance in the face of suchobstacles, including the rising hostility toward local merchants, is a measureof how profitable it is for Chinese merchants to run small businesses in Uganda— and the rest of Africa. Over the past 10 years, Chinese industrial giantshave invested billions across Africa, and there has been an accompanyingexplosion of petty retailers opening small shops from Senegal in the west to Algeria in the north, Zimbabwein the south and Ugandain the east.
Littlefinger 18 hours ago
As an African who has lived in Chinafor some years , I am against the massive influx of these people into ourcountries. Africans living and working in China are routinely discriminatedagainst and face hostility through and through. Meanwhile these people comeinto our countries and go about their business freely. I also blame the corruptofficials of African states. If we know what is good for us we must keep outthe bad seed . Chinese have no respect for Africans at all but want to makemoney and take over our resources. Lets keep them and corrupt officials incheck.
Joseph 15 hours ago
Kick them out Uganda! Common sense.
Audrey 16 hours ago
Ugandan's should not worry much aboutfakes. It's the toxins in the Chinese goods.
Lasco 15 hours ago
Africans must be careful with Chinese andtheir corrupted leaders. Last time, I visited the Congo(Place of Birth) where Chinainvests several billions dollars in a deal called “Win-Win deal”, I noticedthat there were 10-15 Chinese citizens living in the same house in order toreduce the cost of living. They were even bringing workforce from China to dohousehold chores because they have estimated that local workers are expensive.Expensive in Africa! Where people live withless than 1$ per day? Back to the Win-Win deal: They gave to the Government ofthe Congo $ 8 Billiondollars for building infrastructures while they are getting back $ 80 Billionthat the Congomust pay with mineral resources (Gold, Copper and Cobalt). Meanwhile, Chinesecompanies will execute the construction projects with their own workforce.Aftermath, Congolese won't get decent jobs. They will pay back 90% as ROI(Return on Investment). Be smart people! Chinese are not coming in yourcountries because they like you or want to be your friends. They want to makemoney, own your lands, export their surplus goods and reduce the rate ofunemployment in their country.