The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Hardap Shuns Chinese-Made Mattresses

WHILE the Namibian government is continually engaging its Chinese counterparts to invest in the manufacturing industry in Namibia to add value to raw materials, many local consumers are shunning products made in China.

The Hardap Regional Council, in an urgent request for tenders for the supply of mattresses to the regional education directorate, expressly stated that "No China Town mattress (quality mattress only)" would be allowed.

The control officer of the regional council, Simasiku Maketo, told The Namibian that this was only a precautionary measure to ensure that the mattresses supplied would be of good quality.

Maketo said since small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are actively encouraged to put in bids for the tenders, it was deemed important to include the quality requirement to ensure that tenderers do not go for the cheapest options.

"We do not want to put out [new] tenders for mattresses after a year or two as we have other pressing needs to attend to," Maketo said.

He was quick to add that the quality requirement does not only apply to Chinese products.

The advertisement for the supply of 1 300 mattresses came at a time when China's minister of commerce, Chen Deming, was in Namibia on a three-day visit to strengthen trade ties between the two countries.

Many Namibians regard products sold in Chinese shops as of very low quality.

At a meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein, Chen said his country was looking at investing more in processing and manufacturing in Namibia.

While expressing satisfaction with the level of growth in the cooperation between the two countries, Schlettwein commented that he would like to see similar partnerships in the manufacturing and other industries.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 The Namibian. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.