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Minister urges ban on fake Chinese goods

10 June 2014, 19:38Augustine Osayande

Abuja -  The federal government has urged China to take measures to address the proliferation of substandard goods in the local markets.

The Supervising Minister of National Planning, Bashir Yuguda, made the call during a courtesy visit to his office by the new Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie.

“On our own part, we have been striving to ensure that Nigerian businessmen do not go to China to demand for substandard products.

We also try to discourage them by ensuring that as much as possible such products do not cross our borders.

We want China to also be able to control things from their end because we believe that there should be a minimum standard for all countries.

There is no doubt that fake products have a potential of hurting both economies,” Yuguda indicated.

He nonetheless lauded the Nigeria-China diplomatic relations. He said both nations enjoyed mutually beneficial cultural and economic ties.

Yuguda noted that Chinese companies and entrepreneurs were actively engaged in different sectors of the Nigerian economy, especially in agriculture and infrastructure development such as power, railways and road construction.

“There is still room for greater collaboration,” said Yuguda.

Xiaojie stated that the Chinese Government was stepping up action against sub-standard products.

The envoy also underscored the need for more cooperation between the two countries, describing the pair as economic powerhouses.

“Nigeria, after the re-basing of her GDP has become Africa’s largest economy, while China is the second largest economy in the world,” said the Chinese envoy.

– CAJ News

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