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One Kenyan Entrepreneur’s Cautionary Tale About Replacing Chinese Imports With a Locally-made Alternative

Kenyan entrepreneur Anthony Muthungu. Image via Capital News.

Kenya’s gaping trade imbalance with China is typical of many African countries that import significantly more than they export to the Chinese market. This has prompted calls going back years for Africans to reduce their dependency on Chinese imports and manufacture more at home, particularly in the new era of the AfCFTA.

But the 28-year old Kenyan entrepreneur Anthony Muthungu (photo) has recently experienced just how hard it is to do that in practice, according to a story by Capital News.

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