Namibia and China on Monday [22 January 2018] signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the second phase of a South-South Cooperation (SSC) project on agriculture. Namibia’s agricultural minister John Mutorwa said at the signing ceremony in Windhoek that the phase 2 provides for private sector participation in SSC projects focusing on value addition of agricultural products…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2018

Key Point

  • In January 2018, Namibia signed an agricultural MOU with China. The agreement was regarding Phase 2 of the South-South Cooperation (SSC) project.

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  • In November 2017, Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) signed a MoU with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). The agreement focused on cooperation in the industries of agriculture, infrastructure, and energy. During the same month, Kweichow Moutai (Chinese liquor manufacturer) held a promotional event in Windhoek, Namibia.
  • In August 2017, China announced it would send specialists to visit Namibia in order to renegotiate the agreement on the export of Namibian beef.
  • In January 2017, according to Namibia’s Agriculture Permanent Secretary, negotiations were underway for Phase 2 of the SSC project between the tripartite group (i.e. China, FAO, and Namibia). To date, Chinese-back agricultural training in Namibia covered rice cultivation, horticulture (including Chinese long beans and pumpkins), compost/organic fertilizer production, and meat quality/sanitary analysis.
  • In November 2016, a two-day SSC financed training seminar on vegetable production was held in Katima Mulilo, Zambezi Region.
  • In September 2016, China donated 4,000 MTs of rice Namibia as food aid for an ongoing drought. During the same month, Namibia exported 23 MTs of beef to Hong Kong. Namibia’s Meatco stated that the first container of meat was shipped to Hong Kong on 22 September 2016. The shipment included offal, frozen beef, and in-bone beef.
  • In July 2016, an outbreak of lumpy skin disease (LSD) virus in Namibian cattle just two months after an agreement to export beef to China. As a result of the outbreak, beef exports were suspended for one year.
  • In June 2016, Namibia’s President declared a state of emergency in the country over drought conditions. During the same month, Namibia’s Meatco announced plans to export frozen boneless and bone-in beef to China, and hoped to secure approval for vacuum-packed fresh chilled beef and offal in the future. At the time, according to Namibia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Namibia annually produced approximately 60,000 MTs of beef, with 20,000 MTs exported to Europe and South Africa.
  • From 22 to 26 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 June 2015, China’s Minister of Agriculture (Han Changfu) and the UN’s FAO signed a US$50 million agreement as part of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Trust Fund
  • In October 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced that his country will donate US$50 million UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) over the following five years.
  • In June 2014, China launched the South-South Cooperation (SSC) project in Namibia. The project was focused on aiding farmers in Zambezi Region, northeastern Namibia.
  • 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.
  • In April 2013, it was confirmed that a South-South cooperation project between Mongolia and China was to progress to its second phase. The project is designed to strengthen Mongolia’s food safety, and boost its agriculture and livestock industry.
  • In 1990, China and Namibia established diplomatic ties.
  • Established in 1978 (originally endorsed in 1974) by the United Nations, the South-South cooperation is designed to facilitate the exchange of resources and technological know-how between two or more developing countries (generally located in the “Global South”).

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