Tanzania’s second largest import partner, China, on Tuesday launched its first session of the 13th National People’s Congress, assuring its
trading partners that it will increase the quality and added value of its
The largest of East African countries imports a variety of
products from the East Asian nation, including rubber tires, motorcycles,
tractors, iron structures and variety of light goods.
China, the second largest
world’s economy, according to the World Bank reports, said it is going to do
this by encouraging the export of new and high technology, equipment
manufacturing and Chinese-brand products.
In the recent years, African markets were reportedly flooded
with low quality of the East Asian country’s products, a blame which however,
China officials repeatedly shifted to importers of its products, especially in
Africa, for concentrating on pricing at the expense of quality.
According to a report on the implementation of the 2017 plan for
the national Economic and social development and on the 2018 draft for national
economic and social development released Tuesday at the first session of the
13th National People’s Congress in Beijing, China will take solid steps to make
it a trader of quality.
The document made available to the members of press further
revealed that China is also set to promote a balance in foreign trade by
actively expanding imports and lowering import tariffs on certain products such
as automobiles and some non durable consumer goods.
“We will relax
restrictions on market access in an orderly fashion, expanding the scale of
opening up in finance, telecommunications, education and other sectors,” the reporter said
The document prepared by the China’s National Development and
Reforms Commission also stipulated that the country will improve laws
concerning foreign investment and protect the legitimate rights and interests
of the foreign investors.
The document also reveals the country’s economic globalisation
plan as a part of deepening cooperation in bilateral and multilateral
investment and trade.
A number of annual meetings to be held as part of this
initiative include the 2018 Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, the
First China International Import Expo and other diplomatic events. Tanzania is
China’s largest aid recipient country in Africa.
Since 1964 China has provided various kinds of assistance to
The largest Chinese-supported projects in Tanzania include, Tanzania
Zambia Railway (TAZARA), Dar es Salaam based Urafiki Textile Mill, Mbarali Rice
Farm, Kiwira Coal Mine and Mahonda Sugar Cane Factory.
This year’s China expenditure is budgeted at 21 trillion yuan
(about 3.3 trillion US dollars). Available data shows China’s development has
pushed the global economy, and its contribution to world economic growth
exceeded 30 per cent in 2017.
Culled from allafrica.com