Ethiopia in negotiations with China over the start of fruit exports
Addis Ababa, August 26, 2022 (FBC) – Ethiopia is aiming to export fruits including bananas, avocados and mangoes as well as meat products to China, according to Ethiopia’s ambassador to China, Teshome Toga.
He said Ethiopia had benefited from Chinese investment as a result of being part of the country’s Belt and Road Initiative. This, in turn, had caused the creation of the Ethio-Djibouti railway and several industrial parks, he added.
The Ethio-Djibouti railway was finished in 2018 and now forms the backbone of the country’s rail network.
Ethio-Djibouti Railway (EDR) Share Company CEO, Abdi Zenebe, told state news agency ENA its cargo transport service had enabled Ethiopia to save 45 million USD in logistics costs over the past year.
Zenebe said the company had transported over 1.7m tonnes of import-export cargo in 71,000 containers.
The line transported 98% of Ethiopia’s sought-after coffee to the international market through the line.
Ethiopia’s negotiations to export food to China are part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s wider plans to dramatically increase food exports.
Recently, China has been strengthening ties with several African countries. For instance, this week China announced it was lifting restrictions on wool from South Africa, which had been in place following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.