Chinese in Africa

9 Dec

One million Chinese live in Africa today. They do business, they create employment. With Locals and more over each other. Companies want to tap into the growing chinese community in East Africa…. Insurance Policies, Bank Accounts, let us be the first to work with them. New Roads! New Cars! Money circulating in dried up economies!

The flipside?

Today Spiegel.de writes about how Chinese Enterprises abuse Africas (in this case Zambias) resources and inhabitants.

Yes, the relationship between Chinese and African countries is tense. Increasing investment in infrastructure is welcomed by many Kenyans. More Chinese than White faces in Kampalas city center are expected soon. Mainly internationals  welcome the Chinese Cuisine.  Chinese are very likely to be stopped by Police and have to produce their passport showing their immigration status. White people not so much.

Since the beginning of the year AIESEC has brought around 30 Chinese students to volunteer in Uganda for 6-8 weeks. They have all left the country again. They gained their own picture of what Africa can give to the world and what it needs. Not only have they not mistreated locals, but also have they contributed financially to the economy by touring the country and to the education of different communities. We are working on creating more such opportunities.

For the Embassies it is hard to distinguish the dozens of Visa applicants, so yesterday 4 Chinese AIESECers were denied Visa for Uganda in Beijing. Work in Progress!

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