Thursday, July 18, 2024

Inside how Govts “anti-counterfeiting campaigns” led to extortion, exploitation of Chinese shops

The Botswana government’s crackdown on counterfeit merchandise from China not only allowed local authorities to exploit Chinese shops, but also led to widespread corruption. This is a summary of the findings from a 17-page scholarly paper published recently in the Journal of Southern African Studies titled: “Shaping Botswana’s Economy: Chinese Counterfeits as Catalysts of Globalisation and Local Development”.

“Anti-counterfeiting campaigns opened doors for local authorities to exploit China shops. According to Chinese merchants, since the anti-counterfeiting campaign, the government has constrained the renewal of trading permits for China shops and these permits are frequently checked by city council officers and the police. Some Chinese merchants whose work permits had expired or were being renewed have had to pay ‘fines’ to the officers,” states the study.

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