Chinese traders given relocation ultimatum in Karonga

Chinese traders plying their trade in Karonga district have been ordered  to relocate to towns and cities  and that by Thursday 28 June, they should not ply their trade in Malawi’s northern border district.

Karonga District Council issued the ultimatum last week; according to information Nyasa Times has sourced, following concerns by local traders that the Chinese nationals were monopolizing business in the district.

The ultimatum comes barely three months after government and the Chinese Embassy reached agreement to bar any Chinese trader open businesses in the country’s districts that could otherwise be done by Malawians unless it’s a manufacturing company that will create jobs for locals.

As economic ties between China and Africa deepen, hundreds of thousands of Chinese migrants, like this store owner in Lilongwe, Malawi, are discovering the continent. Photo: Benedicte Kurzen for The New York Times

“The decision to relocate the traders was done after consultations with government officials from the Ministry of Trade and local traders’ representatives.

“This is to ensure that there is sanity and that there is no monopoly when comes to businesses in the district because some of the merchandises Chinese sell could be easily done by Malawians,” explained District Council official Steve Chima.

Apart from the Chinese traders, some foreign nationals include from Burundi and Ethiopia have been locating themselves in some of the country’s districts operating small scale businesses, competing with the local traders and monopolizing the market in the end due to lower prices they offer on their merchandises.

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