Chinese businesses in Africa urged to create local jobs

An official with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has urged Chinese businesses in Africa to create jobs for local residents and increase local tax revenues.

Liu Hongkuan, deputy director of the Department of Foreign Capital and Overseas Investment under the NDRC, made the remarks at a forum with the theme “Chinese Businesses in Africa” held here on Monday.

In an effort to create jobs for locals and boost local tax revenues, Liu said eligible Chinese enterprises are encouraged to invest in Africa in areas such as power generation, energy, building materials, farming, textiles and transportation and communication infrastructure, as well as engage in resource development and metals processing.

They should also learn about local customs, religious beliefs and African culture, and take on social responsibilities.

Liu also stressed dialogues and information exchanges between Chinese and African governments to facilitate understanding of local market demands and the demands of both African governments and Chinese enterprises.

Chinese people conducting business in Africa is a market-driven commercial behavior in line with international practices, Liu said, adding that efforts of governments from both sides are needed to create a stable and predictable investment environment and help enterprises handle practical obstacles.

Liu cited official figures saying the actual investment volume of Chinese enterprises surged from 75 million U.S. dollars in 2003 to 2.9 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, with an average annual growth rate of 50 percent.

There are now over 2,000 Chinese enterprises operating in 51 African countries and regions, covering virtually all business sectors, Liu said.


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