MJ on Chinese firms, products and ICT in Kenya-Wikileaks

Posted on March 2, 2011


Former Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Michael Joseph too has his fair share of the wikileaks drama.

The leaks that have gripped the country in the past three days quotes Mr Joseph extensively on his views on China, its products and the impact it is having on Kenya’s ICT sector.

According to the cables, the leaks were created in 2007 and has a summary that reads…

“Chinese firms selling into Kenya’s information and communications technologies (ICT) sector are throwing a lot of money around, according to industry contacts,”

It adds…Indeed, Chinese influence may be so great that it is distorting important investment decisions in the country.  Putting aside corruption, Chinese ICT vendors are difficult to beat on price and quality, and therefore often win government procurement tenders.  However, companies that buy Chinese equipment often find that they end up paying the piper later due to poor after-sales service.

The cable also says that Mr Joseph believed that the Chinese were funding the political agenda of the country as he narrated an incidence that involved Safaricom and Huawei.

You can read the rest of the cables here

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