Arrival of Namibian beef testament of existing relationship with China: Kaiyamo

26 Jun 2019 05:40am
WINDHOEK, 25 JUN (NAMPA) - The arrival of the first batch of Namibian beef in China is testament to the existing ‘win-win’ cooperation relationship that exist between the two countries, Namibian Ambassador to the Republic of China, Elia Kaiyamo has said.
Kaiyamo made this observation on Monday during a ceremony while welcoming the first batch of 21 tonnes of Namibian pure beef in Shijiazhaung in the Hebei Province in China, according to a statement issued to Nampa on Tuesday.
“In order to create win-win cooperation environment and realise happiness for all, we need to combine our complementary strengths while striving to meet our respective needs. The success of the beef shows how it can be achieved,” said Kaiyamo.
He assured that the high quality taste of Namibian beef stems from the livestock being free-range and hormone-free.
Kaiyamo added that Namibian beef is a highly sought-after product locally and overseas, with 9 500 tonnes of beef exported to the European Union annually, about 1 600 tonnes to Norwegian market and 17 000 tonnes to South Africa.
He further added that Namibia does not only have the world-class beef steaks but many other great products, including a vast variety of seafood, quality fruits, minerals as well as breathtaking natural and cultural landscape.
“It is our sincere hope that through the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative, [the] China-Africa and China Namibia friendship will continue to thrive and bring more opportunities and benefits to the people,” he noted.
In 2016 Namibia and China signed a milestone agreement for A-grade beef to enter the largest consumer market in the world.
The first batch of Namibian beef arrived Sunday in China.