Chinese seafood buyers are reportedly cutting out Kenyan middlemen and working directly with local fishermen for lobsters and other fish products, according to a report in the East African newspaper. Fishermen, for their part, aren’t complaining. They’re getting to work directly with customers who provide access to an enormous consumer market back in Asia.
But those agents and other middlemen who for years sat in between Chinese buyers and the local fishing communities are now being pushed aside.
The Nation Media Group’s Regional Editor for East Africa, Allan Olingo, has spent years covering China’s role in the Kenyan fishing sector. He joins Eric & Cobus to discuss his recent report on the middlemen and how, for better or worse, Chinese business practices are disrupting an entire industry.
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Allan Olingo is an accomplished business journalist from Kenya. He has honed his skills writing especially on corporates, economy, the extractive industry, energy and financial markets across the East African region. Mr Olingo holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a major in Communications from the University of Nairobi. He is also a Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Alumni. He is a former reporter with The Standard and has a combined seven years of experience in the media industry. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree.
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