China widening local agro-export volumes

21Jan 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
China widening local agro-export volumes

CHINA has said it is expanding opportunities for imports of high quality products and agricultural produce from Tanzania to cement historic friendly relations and bilateral ties.

In responses to questions on the recent visit by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Chinese Ambassador Wang Ke said yesterday that the new openings are meant to strengthen the two countries’ bond of industrial and supply chains.

To facilitate this endeavour, China will provide support to competent authorities to accelerate negotiations on inspection and quarantine requirements regarding the access of Tanzanian high-quality agricultural products to the Chinese market, she said.

Secondly, China will actively use its own and international platforms to introduce Tanzanian high-quality products and tourist resources to Chinese consumers, she promised.

Thirdly, the country will encourage more Chinese enterprises to invest in Tanzanian agro and mineral processing industries, and develop Tanzania as a bridgehead for Chinese companies to enter the eastern and southern African markets. China will encourage cooperation on e-commerce, mobile payment and other new areas, as well as pursuing creative ways to boost bilateral trade, the envoy elaborated.

 “China is speeding up the implementation of a new dual-cycle development pattern, and would like to take it as an opportunity to increase imports of Tanzanian sesame, cassava, soybean and other products, actively explore opening up the market for Tanzanian honey, sunflower meal and other agricultural products,” she specified.

Ambassador Wang said her country will encourage bilateral e-commerce cooperation, support Tanzania to participate in the China International Import Expo (CIIE), the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo and Canton Fair, alongside promoting more exports of Tanzanian high quality products to China.

The focus will similarly be directed to infrastructure development with a view to helping Tanzania achieve improved connectivity with neighboring countries, she said.

“China will encourage competent companies to participate in the construction of Tanzanian key projects, assist Tanzania to update railway, road, port, airports, energy, communication and other infrastructure projects, and inject impetus to Tanzanian economic growth,” she asserted.

During State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang’s visit early this month, he attended the signing ceremony for the design and build contract for an electrified Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line from Mwanza to Isaka, among other engagements.

Ambassador Wang emphasized that China will strengthen productivity cooperation and enhance Tanzania’s capacity for independent development.

“China will encourage more Chinese enterprises to invest in Tanzanian agriculture, livestock, manufacturing, mining, tourism and other pillar industries,” she stated...read more on https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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