Kenya says imports from China, other Asian economies decline

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Kenya’s imports from China and other Asian economies have fallen after the outbreak of COVID-19, a government official said on Monday.

Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Enterprise Betty Maina said the local market has in the recent past registered low supplies from foreign countries, mainly China and other Asian economies affected by the novel coronavirus.

“Some of our private sector players with a critical reliance on imports from some of the affected regions are activating other supply chains and sourcing options to mitigate imminent disruptions before global trade settles back to normality,” she said.

“There is a need for traders to expand their sourcing networks for goods from local manufacturers in order to boost the industries production levels and thus guarantee job creation and sustenance of the local economy,” Maina said. Enditem

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