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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.

Uganda Wants to Buy Fewer Imported Goods While Nigeria Wants to Collaborate With China to Make More Things at Home

  • UGANDA: Factories that recently popped up to produce personal protective equipment to help combat the spread of COVID-19 are also demonstrating that Ugandans can make more of what they used to primarily buy from China. (DEUTSCHE WELLE)
  • NIGERIA: Trade MinisterAdeniyi Adebayo wants more Chinese companies to move their manufacturing operations to Nigeria as part of a new effort that he calls “Made in Nigeria With China.” (DAILY TRUST)
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