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COVID-19 Crisis Sparks New Drive in Africa to Reduce Dependency on Chinese Imports and Boost Local Manufacturing

Workers at Welele Honey main processing plant in Mekele, Ethiopia, are pictured packaging honey for sale. ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER / AFP

The disruption to global trade due to the COVID-19 outbreak and high levels of dependency on imported Chinese goods are prompting policymakers in a growing number of African countries to develop new initiatives that aim to boost local manufacturing.

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