China reacts over China Square’s closure

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 2 Mar, 2023 08:54 | 2 mins read
China Square closure continues ‘until further notice’
China Square. PHOTO/Courtesy

Chinese Embassy in Nairobi has called on the Kenyan government to protect businesses and rights of Chinese citizens living and working in the country.

In a statement after the China Square saga, the Embassy said China was keen on deepening trade and investment cooperation between the two nations.

"The Embassy has taken note of the recent situation on the issue of "China Square", and would like to reiterate that the Embassy supports deepening trade and investment cooperation between China and Kenya, and supports Chinese enterprises and Chinese citizens in conducting business in accordance with Kenyan laws and regulations.

"At the same time, we hope that the Kenyan government will protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises and Chinese citizens, and create an inclusive and friendly business environment, so as to better promote China-Kenya practical cooperation and bring benefit to our two countries and two peoples," the statement read.

China Square Limited on Sunday, February 26 announced that it was closing its outlet at Unicity Mall along Thika Road until further notice.

In a statement, the company cited public safety issues, shortage of tills, misleading statements and overrating by customers on the internet as the reasons behind the closure.

The announcement follows a notice of temporary closure as the company convened a meeting to restructure its operations.

It was to resume normal operations on Monday, February 27.

"We take the safety and satisfaction of our customers seriously and are committed to resolving these issues as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding and support during this time.

"We are committed to providing you with the best service possible, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon,” the company stated.

The closure of China Square Limited comes barely days after Trade, Investment and Industry Cabinet Secretary (CS) Moses Kuria stated that the retailer should cease operations in the Kenyan market.

Kuria noted that Chinese investors are not welcome to trade in Kenya.

“We welcome Chinese investors to Kenya but as manufacturers, not traders.”

Related Topics