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Submitted by Yasmine Bandali on
Stemming from Ina & Esu's comment, it does appear tht the Chinese influence in Africa appears to be driving out more local industries than just rice. Recently an Ethiopian friend of mine mentioned that some local soap making industries in Ethiopia were forced to shut down, since imported Chinese soap was cheaper. Given also that certain Chinese products have different safety standards, whether it be for rice or soap, or any other product, this pose health and social problems down the line as Africans continue to import cheaper goods. So part of the issue here is to bring about an economic mechanism that will encourage Africans to buy local.