NAMIBIA is currently exploring new and exciting opportunities to access extremely lucrative markets for locally produced beef in West and Central Africa.
A delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) and Meatco, facilitated by the Ministry of International Relations and Corporation (MIRCO), is on a quest to secure competitive and sustainable markets for beef produced by livestock farmers in the Northern Communal Areas.
The aim is to eventually export Namibian beef to the rest of Africa.
This week, the Namibian delegation is in Congo Brazzaville, where the delegation is engaging the Brazzaville Chamber of Commerce.
These engagements are made possible through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement signed earlier this year, which enables African states to trade and grow their economies.
According to Meatco’s Chief Executive Officer Mwilima Mushokabanji, AfCFTA came at the right time when borders need to work together and capitalise on trade negotiations.
“The growth at home strategy should work for Namibia while high priority should be placed on unleashing the potential of the AfCFTA and more so that the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) II, especially pillar two of the Plan, Economic Advancement that is focusing on the enhancement of the productivity of priority economic sectors such as primary agricultural production,” he said.
In this regard, the delegation has already visited Ghana.
Mushokabanji is of the opinion that West and Central African countries have advanced economies and along with their relatively high population, their markets are vast and lucrative for Namibian beef.
During the visits, the Namibian delegation also engaged in consultations with the relevant authorities of these countries to agree on conditions for certification of the beef and to facilitate smooth trade between Namibia and possible client countries.