17 Sep 2014 15:30pm
FOSHAN, 17 SEP (NAMPA) Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Tjekero Tweya has described the just-ended visit of a Namibian business delegation to China as successful and an eye-opener.
Tweya headed the delegation of 10 Namibian business people, who participated in the four-day China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen located on the southeast coast of China.
They also undertook a visit to manufacturing factories in Foshan City located in southern China over three days. Tweya and the delegation visited construction companies, aluminium companies and motorbike manufacturing companies.
In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, Tweya said Namibia's participation in the 18th CIFIT was aimed at networking, learning from each other and strengthening the two countries' bilateral relationship.
It was the best opportunity for us to market Namibia as a place for tourism, and as the right place to enter the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region by using the Walvis Bay port to the neighbouring countries, the deputy minister said.
He went on to say the Namibian Government has an open-door policy to help business people to expand their businesses and facilitate their business partnerships with their counterparts from other countries.
Tweya said Namibia is currently importing products from China worth about N.dollars 900 million and exporting products such as raw minerals (uranium and copper) to China worth over N.dollars 1.4 billion in 2013.
The deputy minister stated that Namibia only imports finished products from China such as clothing, automotive parts, and helicopter parts.
We would like to export finished products as well in order to have a balance in terms of imports and exports with China, Tweya stated.
The deputy minister noted that a beef import agreement was signed with China and the Chinese government has sent a team of experts to inspect the health and slaughtering conditions of the local abattoirs.
He noted that some Chinese business people have shown an interest in having direct contact with Namibian beef producers so they can import beef directly.
The delegation arrived in Namibia on Tuesday.