Deal for Zim to export citrus to China on the cards

Staff Reporter

China is set to sign an agreement that will facilitate the export of citrus produce from the country, the China’s ambassador to Zimbabwe His Excellency, Guo Shaochun has said.

Addressing the media at the Chinese embassy yesterday, on the trade deals between the two countries, Ambassador Guo Shaochun revealed that a deal between Zimbabwe and China is on the cards and it is expected to pave way for an agreement between the two countries facilitating export of Zimbabwe’s citrus and other agricultural produce.

“China had attached great importance with its trade with Zimbabwe and would like to increase the exports from Zimbabwe. We have Zimbabwe now exporting more products to China each year. We are working with colleagues to accelerate the signing of the agreement that will see Zimbabwe exporting citrus to China,” said the Ambassador.

Ambassador Shaochun commended the Zimbabwean government for the successful implementation of National Development Strategy 1.

“The speed with which the projects under NDS1 are being launched is impressive. You are a resilient, proud and intelligent people. Just imagine the heights we could reach by helping each other in development by having illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe removed and by unravelling the biased political narratives and levelling the global playing field,” he said.

The Chinese ambassador also highlighted the various areas of co-operation between the two governments which include the new parliament building, which is nearing completion and the expansion of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe international airport.

China is also undertaking various projects in mining and power generation in Zimbabwe.

The Second Republic’s major objective is to ensure a balance of trade which will see Zimbabwe exporting more than it is importing as the country seeks to increase foreign direct investment (FDI).