A Chinese-built inland aquaculture center was handed over to the government of Namibia on Friday [8 July 2016]. The Hardap Inland Aquaculture Center, about 270 kilometers from capital Windhoek, was constructed by the Sinohydro Tianjin Engineering on behalf of the Chinese government…Full Article: ECNS.cn July 2016

Key Points

  • In November 2014, construction on the Hardap Inland Aquaculture Center began. In April 2012, both countries agreed to build the center.
  • Chinese Charge d’affaires ad interim in Namibia, Wu Wei, said China and Namibia agreed to build the center in April 2012 and construction started in Nov. 2014.
  • In 1990, China and Namibia established diplomatic ties.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In mid-June 2016, representatives of Kopenhagen Fur (Danish fur breeders and auction house) and Chinese fur businesses met with the Swakara Board of Namibia in Windhoek to acquaint themselves with Namibia’s Swakara fur operations. Swakara pelts are obtained from Karakul sheep.
  • In late January 2016, Chinese officials from Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) inspected Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) facilities in Windhoek, central Namibia. After the visit, CNCA officials stated that Meatco still had to meet certain food safety criteria before exports can commence.
  • In August 2015, Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) signed an agreement on beef export protocols. As a result, Namibia could export frozen bone-in beef to China from MAWF certified abattoirs that are food-and-mouth free (historically) and whose cattle can be traced back its ranch of origin.
  • In April 2014, Hong Kong officials planned to inspect Namibian beef and antelope meat producers as a precursor to potential import approval. Namibia was not only looking to export high-end products such as steaks, but also low-end offal products.
  • In September 2013, Namibia’s Minister of Trade and Industry stated that Namibia and China could enter into joint ventures that focus on meat processing.

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