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Friday, 22 August 2008

The backyard industries of Arusha...

IPS's Sarah McGregor has an interesting piece on how cheap imitation goods are flooding Tanzania's markets. The sellers claim backyard industries are helping poor people afford expensive products. The authorities cite significant safety consequences for consumers, and the fact that it "prevents the local manufacturing industry from growing’’.

Tanzania is alone. All across Africa, including Zambia, the market for imitation goods has been rising. As African economies develop, the local industry is learning how to imitate China's counterfeit industries. In Zambia we have seen
fake lotions and fake electrical appliances.

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