The number of Chinese nationals in Namibia has decreased: Yang

01 Mar 2019 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAR (NAMPA) – A survey done last year showed that there were between 3 000 and 4 000 Chinese nationals living in Namibia, Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Namibia, Yang Jun has said.
Yang was speaking at the fourth Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab Lecture Series here on Thursday under the theme ‘The Impact of China-Africa Relations on Namibia in the context of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)’.
He noted that even though many Namibians believe that the number of Chinese in Namibia is extremely high, this is not the case as the climax of the Chinese in Namibia was more than five to six years ago and at that time, there were almost 10 000 Chinese nationals in the country.
“The number has reduced is because the economy here in Namibia is not so good and they found fewer opportunities,” said Yang.
When asked by one of the panellists why it is difficult for Africans who studied in China to find employment there, whereas there are Chinese nationals who are employed in African countries, he responded by saying that employment competition in China is fierce.
“It is true, I also find it difficult to survive there, the competition is fierce and Chinese people pride themselves on being the most intelligent people in the world,” noted Yang.
He further spoke about how the Chinese are willing to work overtime, noting that they are flexible with working hours and they are always available, whilst others are not.
For African people, he said, it is difficult to survive in China without special skills.