By: Hamza Alkali
The African business community in Yiwu, Zhejiang province of China have been advised to shun the idea of collaborating with evil persons in exporting fake, expired and sub-standard goods and products from China to Africa.
This was contained in a statement by Nigeria’s Consulate Office in Shanghai, China.
The Consul General Nigeria Consulate office in Shanghai, Chimezie Okeoma Ogu, advised in his remark as a guest of honour during the end-of-the-year ceremony by the African community in Yiwu.
The Nigeria Consul General stated that such acts contribute to the destruction of African markets and economy, as well as jeopardize the life and health of African people.
Ambassador Ogu encouraged the African community in Yiwu to learn and adopt the best practices and experiences in their host city in China and to ensure that quality and best products are exported to their African countries, to contribute to the development of their respective economy.
During the meeting, the envoy further frowned on the issue of exporting fake and substandard goods and products from the host city to Nigeria. According to him, the evil practice is wicked and a disservice to God and humanity.
In this same vein, Ogu has called on the government of the People’s Republic of China to reconsider the high tariff imposed on agricultural export products to China.
He made this call during the global digital expo conference in Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province.
This was in response to the question of the inability of Nigeria to export and trade agricultural produce from Nigeria to China.
He said Nigeria was disadvantaged because the Chinese authority classified Nigeria as a developed economy and as such imposed more than two-digit taxation on goods and products from the country.
He canvassed that this regime of tariff should be revisited by the Chinese central government in Beijing to allow Nigerian businessmen and their Chinese partners to participate in the new Chinese global digital economic promotion.