Freelance journalist William Davison joins Eric & Cobus to
discuss his reporting from the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia
which is the latest high stakes gamble taken by a number of African
countries to lure Chinese manufacturers. Officials spent $250
million to build this new park in the hope that it will attract
foreign manufacturers and create some 200,000 badly-needed jobs for
the region’s bulging youth population. So far, 18 companies
including apparel giant PVH
owner of brands such as Calvin Klein
and Tommy Hilfiger, have
set up shop in HIP.
Join the discussion. Do you think African governments should
be spending so much money to attract Chinese and other foreign
manufacturers or is this just a big waste of money? Let us know
what you think.