China be­gins crack down on ex­port of sub-stan­dard goods to Nige­ria

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The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has be­gun strict in­spec­tion of goods into Nige­ria to check peren­nial ex­port of fake and sub-stan­dard goods into the coun­try, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, West Asia & Africa Sec­tion in China’s Min­istry of Com­merce, Zhong Man Ying said yes­ter­day.

Zhong told news­men in Bei­jing that much as it was the col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ments of both coun­tries to check the in­flux of fake and sub-stan­dard goods into Nige­ria, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment had mo­bilised its Prod­ucts In­spec­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion Unit, the Cus­toms and Min­istry of Com­merce to en­sure that hence­forth, all goods leav­ing China for Nige­ria meet ap­proved qual­ity stan­dards.

‘’This is a re­spon­si­bil­ity shared by China and Nige­ria and in­deed all Africa, but we have mo­bilised all the nec­es­sary agen­cies to crack down on shoddy prod­ucts ex­port to Nige­ria”, she said.

Zhong said China had signed bi­lat­eral qual­ity in­spec­tion and con­trol agree­ments with African coun­tries, and while the Nige­rian author­i­ties were in the process of sign­ing theirs, China would help Nige­ria with Cus­toms in­spec­tion fa­cil­i­ties to stem the tide of im­por­ta­tion of du­bi­ous Chi­nese prod­ucts into Nige­ria, a trend that has al­most por­trayed China as a home of fake and sub­stan­dard goods.

Mrs Zhong ad­mit­ted that high qual­ity Chi­nese goods were in short sup­ply to Africa but that in the next two years, the sup­ply of such prod­ucts would in­crease be­cause Africa is de­vel­op­ing with ac­com­pa­ny­ing in­crease in in­comes and de­mand for high qual­ity goods.

She said the vol­ume of trade be­tween China and Africa reached $222bn last year, with China’s ex­ports to Africa amount­ing to $106.2bn while im­ports stood at $115.8bn. She ad­vised African gov­ern­ments to in­crease value of their goods and ser­vices and step up in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion ef­forts to at­tract for­eign in­vest­ment.

She ex­pressed hope in the forth­com­ing China-Africa Sum­mit slated for South Africa to find so­lu­tions to press­ing eco­nomic prob­lems, es­pe­cially as re­gards eco­nomic re­la­tions with China.

Pic NAN

Com­mu­nity Chief Nurs­ing Of­fi­cer, Mala Kachal­lah Hospi­tal, Sis­ter Fati Baba­gana (left), ad­dresses women at the An­te­na­tal Ward, dur­ing the visit of UNFPA of­fi­cials to the hospi­tal in Maiduguri yes­ter­day.

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