I am suprised to recognize Chinese words on the packages of commodities. You can see China products everywhere in Ghana. From tissues, plastic slippers, toys, buckets, to sauces, cans, candies¡Ketc.
Understandably this country produces few appliances by themselves except exploiting natural resources of mine, diamonds and planting agriculture.
So they import cheaper goods from China in which the prices could be afford by Ghanaians.
One day we met a couple of Chinese who traveled to Cape Coast Castle from Accra.
They said they have run their own business in Accra. I didn't ask what kind of business they're running, but I guess they may do lots of importing trade from China.
Let's zoom in on Taiwan. Living in the highly modern country, we can easily get anything we need because convenience stores are almost on every corner; vendors, stands, supermarkets, 3C distributors and bookstores are everywhere. We even persue designed clothes, luxuries and exclusive foods for high-level life.
But in Ghana, the economy stays in argriculture age. There are very few choices, self-contained information and are short of technologies. So you can realize that national economy is really crucial to a country's development.
In China, there were lots of Taiwanese businessmen investing thousands of US dollars around 1990. They built manufactures, trained people and brought new skills to China. It created a lot more job opportunities there. People could earn more money than before. And then a great deal of service industries come out gradually. People become richer and richer. For China, there was external stimulus(investments) from Taiwan and western countries. China government also put much efforts to open up its markets and made relative polices to support its economies.
Afterwards, the economy have grew faster and faster from now on. China has become the main factory of the world.
Now you can realize why China products flood into Ghana, and somewhere else in Africa. National economy does decide a country's competitiveness and the citizens' life standard.