Put America First New Slogan, Immigrants Hmmmm – JA Says – Chinese Tek Weh Wi Wok – Immigrants Hmmmmm – What Say You????

No matter how you want to flip it.  No matter the words you use to describe your countries economy and the correlation between ‘immigrants, the USA is not the only country whose view on the issue are considered absurd.  Whether you like the messenger, the issues are the main stew and on the Roc we are singing similar sankey towards one group, the Chinese.  As a matter of fact, it is the Chinese for infrastructure, the Latinos for tourism and I daresay some Asians too.

You have many Jamaicans who fume about the Chinese taking over the Roc.  Come on we have so many reports and views from the man in the Street as to the perception of ’teking over’.   To those of us who live on the Roc and are not citizens of the USA, listen up.   For a short while can we focus on the politics here and not where you have no votes to cast?  Maybe we can have an honest discourse as to the realities of globilisation and benefits to our country.

From this piece below these comments jump out at me made by the Ambassador, “It is the respective country’s role to take care of its industries and sectors instead of just blocking foreign competition,” added NIU.  “”Trade is about competitive advantage. Make foreign visits, make foreign friends, make use of your contacts; don’t just sit at your comfortable home and hope to get things done at your cost,” NIU instructed local companies.

“The Chinese government does not subsidise companies; they do not get any concession of labour or material. If you are good at bargaining in China you can buy things very cheap; if you are not, you may have to spend a lot of money”.

The ambassador told our news team that if the unions have proof of any wrongdoing on the part of Chinese companies they should report it to local law enforcement or take the offending party to court.

Exactly how do we define our networking?  Is it limited only to your local links?  How far do your contacts extend on the global stage?  Are you willing to develop relationships with those outside of your Caribbean culture, ethnic and social background in an attempt to achieve what you need to become more competitive?  Hey, I am just throwing it out there.  As a people too many of us love to ‘run wid it’.  Run with stories thrown out there without any credible facts, proof.  After all, we live by this saying, ‘if it nuh go suh, it nearly go suh’.  

Access is no longer limited.   The game has changed and if you are not prepared to change with the game, then the perception of being ‘taken over’ will appear real.  While you make the case in a Court of law if you believe your grosses to be true, I believe our qualified and experienced contractors can develop similar relationships elsewhere enabling them to win some of these bids.  The mentality cannot be ‘us and them’.  That may have worked decades ago, not anymore.  While exploitation is real.  I often say to those who speak through one side of their mouth, do you exploit through the other side?  How fair are your own practices when dealing with your very own?

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‘Stop blaming us’ – China’s Ambassador to Jamaica rejects claims of unfair practices by Chinese firms in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 4:02 AM
NIU Qingbao (right), ambassador of China to Jamaica, shakes hands with Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton while Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith looks on. This followed the signing of Letters of Exchange between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China for the Western Children’s Hospital Project.
China’s Ambassador to Jamaica, NIU Qingbao, is urging local contractors to stop complaining about the number of Chinese companies landing big contracts in Jamaica and instead work on making themselves more attractive.

“I strongly believe globalisation brings benefit to all countries,” NIU told The Sunday Gleaner in the wake of fresh concerns locally about the number of contracts, particularly on government projects, going to Chinese entities.

“It is the respective country’s role to take care of its industries and sectors instead of just blocking foreign competition,” added NIU.

Unable to compete

But immediate past president of the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica, Carvel Stewart, says the ambassador is downplaying the issue as when it comes to construction, local contractors are unable to compete with the powerful Chinese companies.

“You see all of these projects now being undertaken by Chinese companies because the locals cannot compete against the concessions that are granted, both in respect to labour and material,” said Stewart.

“When you invite Chinese companies to bid against local contractors, you are asking the local contractors to bid against the government of China because all of these companies are agencies of the government of China,” charged Stewart, as he accused the Chinese entities of dumping material and labour on the country through the various construction projects.

According to Stewart, local suppliers have noted that the prices declared to Customs for material imported by the Chinese are lower than what Jamaicans would pay.

But NIU scoffed at these claims, as he argued that while some Chinese companies might be able to source material at a cheaper price, this is purely down to their ability to bargain.

“Trade is about competitive advantage. Make foreign visits, make foreign friends, make use of your contacts; don’t just sit at your comfortable home and hope to get things done at your cost,” NIU instructed local companies.

“The Chinese government does not subsidise companies; they do not get any concession of labour or material. If you are good at bargaining in China you can buy things very cheap; if you are not, you may have to spend a lot of money.

“Dumping is not something to be allowed, but to judge which is dumping and which is not dumping is not that simple. What criteria do you use? Different products even in the same country can be sold at different prices.”

The island’s two major trade unions have also taken issue with some of the Chinese entities operating on the island, which they claim are not abiding by Jamaican labour laws and importing workers for jobs which Jamaicans are qualified to do.

“We know that there are several Chinese operating locally, and we are of the view that they are operating in roles that a Jamaican could be operating in,” charged president of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, Kavan Gayle.

“We have situations right now plaguing the construction industry, where they have failed to recognise trade unions representing the workers, and we have had that challenge with China Harbour and Pan Caribbean in the past,” added Gayle.

Gayle’s colleague, head of National Workers’ Union, Granville Valentine, further argued that for some time a number of Chinese have been coming into the island under false pretence.

“They come in the island much larger than the original agreement as it relates to what is their purpose,” said Valentine.

“Your management team should not be larger than a reasonable structure of management, but we realise that a lot of these persons come in under the pretence of being managers or being engineers,” alleged Valentine, as he argued that some Chinese take persons into Jamaica as part of their management teams but these persons end up doing low-skill work.

Show proof

But NIU is challenging the union leaders to substantiate their claims.

The ambassador told our news team that if the unions have proof of any wrongdoing on the part of Chinese companies they should report it to local law enforcement or take the offending party to court.

“I can’t think of a single Chinese project in Jamaica hiring more Chinese workers than local workers,” said Qingbao.

“It is not economical to hire workers from China in Jamaica; you have to provide shelter, food, everything, and that cost a lot of money,” added NIU.

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