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Case Study: Chinese Cement Company Builds a Solid Foundation in Zambia

China’s growing economic muscle in Africa frequently raises fears of domination. However, on the ground, these companies often create jobs and try to comply with laws aimed at strengthening local stakeholdership. A case in point is the Sinoma Cement Company, a Chinese company set up in Zambia in 2015. China-Zambia relations date back to 1964, but local political leaders have frequently criticized the Asian giant’s influence in the country. With $500 Million worth of Chinese investment, Sinoma Cement Company produces cement, pan bricks and other materials for export and domestic use. Its output includes 60,000 bags (about 3,300 tons) of cement per day.

Sinoma public relations manager Wang Weiqi says his
company aspires to pursue localization (also known as Zambianization) policies
in order to help develop the country.

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