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A Chinese-owned printing business has ushered some young South Sudanese people into the world of Information Technology (IT) by imparting new skills that are invaluable in landing decent jobs in the strife-torn country.

Wang Zhencheng, 60, came to Juba in September and managed to establish Zhen Cheng Printing Company Limited, located in downtown Juba.

“I just started this printing business with a mission to teach young people up-to-date technical skills that will improve their capacity in IT,” said Wang, who only speaks Chinese.

Language barrier should not hinder other successful Chinese businessmen from visiting South Sudan and create opportunities for local people, he said.

He told Xinhua in a recent interview in Juba that his business has employed more than 10 South Sudanese young people after providing them with training on IT solutions skills and how to operate Chinese modern printing equipment.

“Our products and services include photocopying, scanning, printing of engineering drawing, PVC plate, brochures, book binding, receipt book, letterhead, plastic ID cards among other office printing solutions,” Wang said.

“We imported our printing equipment from China,” he added. He was born in Beijing and has worked there for his entire working life in IT sector-related services.

Wang told Xinhua that he decided not to retire in China because he felt the need of unwavering desire to support South Sudanese people in achieving economic recovery and stability.

“I decided not to retire in China simply because I heard about the suffering of South Sudanese people. I felt I should come and empower the youths in South Sudan with entrepreneurial skills,” Wang said.

He noted that South Sudan has a youth bulge that can be tapped by local and foreign investors to promote economic growth.

Wang said that his company strictly adheres to local rules, regulations and customs and has good working relationship with South Sudanese citizens despite language barriers.

Bol Nicknora Nyol, a business manager and translator, said the business has not only empowered him but also his peers with technical skills and transformed their lives thanks to decent wages and IT opportunities provided by his employer.

Nyol studied engineering for four years in Beijing where he learned how to speak Chinese.

“As you can see most of the people who we employed did not know how to operate these machines from the beginning but we trained them and they are now able to do so without direct supervision,” Nyol said.

“Even though they later decided to leave the company, the skills they acquired here will be very useful to them,” he added.

Nyol encourages his colleagues in China to devote their time in learning Chinese language to help boost South Sudanese and Chinese mutual understanding.

“Most of the Chinese businessmen who come from China face communication barrier since they are not able to communicate effectively with the local people. Mastery of the Chinese language is an added advantage,” Nyol added.

Justino Wen Madhohok, who works as an operator, said he was first trained on how to handle the sophisticated printing equipment imported from China.

“When I started I didn’t know how to operate the machine, but now everything is easy because Wang’s mentorship and guidance helps me a lot,” Madhohok said.

He underlined that he is happy to be Wang’s beneficiary of defied retirement age and he hopes to learn more relevant skills. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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