WINDHOEK; Namibian fish products will enter the Chinese market this year, but plans to export beef to that country will have to wait a little bit longer as discussions in that regard are still continuing.
Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Shunkang Xin told members of the media on Wednesday shortly after a meeting with Prime Minister Hage Geingob here the good news that Namibian fish and fish-meal will be entering the Chinese market.
The ambassador could not say when exactly these plans will be put into action, stating that discussions are in the final stages, and the Namibian fish products will be seen in the Chinese market “soon”.
“As for the beef, more Chinese agricultural delegations are expected to come to Namibia this year to further assess the quality and value of these products,” he noted.
Efforts to export beef, fish and other marine products to China has been a topic of discussion between the two countries for the past two years.
Namibian Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa and his Chinese counterparts signed a deal on Animal Health and Quarantines with regards to these products in Beijing during 2011.
The two Governments want to facilitate the cooperation between competent authorities responsible for animal health and quarantines, import and export inspection and certification through the exchange of technical and scientific information.
Through the agreement, they want to promote and facilitate mutually beneficial trade in meat, fish and aquatic animal products between the two countries, while they also want to promote beef, mutton, lamb and fish exports from Namibia.
Another aspect of the agreement states that provision should be made for a public-private partnership and a long-term joint venture framework for trade in animals and animal products.