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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Black Market SIM Card Distribution Story from Nepal | Time Capsule on Chinese Business Evolution from Communism to a New Variety of Capitalism

I came across an interesting but slightly convoluted story of black-market Sim card distribution in Nepal.  A local reporter named Santosh Salik Shah tells his story of going to purchase a Sim card through a government-sponsored distribution of Sim cards.

His reported story is a little convoluted and does not receive a great deal of set up.  However it describes a government that set up a public program to distribute Sim cards to citizens of Nepal.  The government is still run by Communists in the area and according to the report appears to be rife with corruption as as the ones of many communist based societies where citizens and up taking it upon themselves to find the small rewards available through capitalism only in black-market capacities.

Governments that attempt to remove ownership and the benefits from ownership of items and up owning and controlling everything at the government level.  This removes the benefit from those that produce to those that govern and as a result creates a society that is structured around governmental favoritism in black-market deals.

The story is a raw look at the simple transaction of getting a SIM card.  It is however a unique glimpse into a culture that is politically not too far removed from that of China, and in fact is directly and severely influenced by China.  China has recently evolved from a very similar place.  We often in the West gate slightly confused by Chinese business tactics, as we expect China to adopt Western styles of capitalism and learn from all of the mistakes that we have made over the last two to 300 years.  However China is starting from a much different place than the United States or you're up commence their journey through capitalism.  It's important for us to take a look at examples of the beginnings of Chinese capitalism if we are to understand where they are today, where they are heading tomorrow, and how they are going to get there.

I encourage you to read this article and attempt to put yourself in the shoes of this reporter and understand the cultural dynamic driving this country.  This slightly convoluted glimpse might help make some connections and associations with other business operations and strategies in China.

Source: Blatant Fraud in Nepal's SIM Card Distribution - OhmyNews International

1 comments:

Salik said...

Nepali government is not run by Communists- it is run by an Eight Party Coalition- in which Maoists also have a lion's share.

I think the way you have used my story to write on China is more convoluted.

"It's important for us to take a look at examples of the beginnings of Chinese capitalism if we are to understand where they are today, where they are heading tomorrow, and how they are going to get there."

However, I don't think that the contemporary Nepal would be a best example of the starting phase of Chinese communism.

Anyways, thank you, for writing on the story.

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