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Saturday, 18 November 2017

A team of ginger and turmeric farmers and processors from Ethiopia and Rwanda are now equipped with skills to better cultivate their spices after training with Indian experts, through a workshop organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC). Under ITC’s Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa (SITA) project, the African farmers travelled to South India for a seven-day workshop to learn the best practices of ginger and turmeric cultivation. The trainings took place in Kochi, Kerala and Tamilnadu.

The governor of southern Huíla province João Marcelino Tyipinge Thursday said that he wanted the Chinese investments in Angola also to cover the sectors of agriculture, livestock, mining and tourism. João Tyipinge said so at the meeting he held with the Chinese ambassador to Angola, Cui Aimin, who is in the region for 12-hour working visit. The governor said that it was necessary to invest in these sectors because the province has potential in these areas. Expressing the government commitment to diversification of the economy, the official called the Chinese companies to extend their investment to other economic sectors.

Worried over declining exports, the Commerce Ministry has prepared a strategy to boost shipments to Africa and has identified engineering as a major sector for export to several nations of that continent. The Department of Commerce will now hold consultations with ambassadors and high commissioners of major African nations and industry stakeholders to implement that strategy, an official said.

Monday, 01 February 2016

Tourism interests from Mexico have been eyeing Jamaica as a great place to do business, investing millions of dollars into the economy and employing scores of Jamaicans. In 2015 alone, a number of investments have either been completed or are currently being negotiated. Some of the investments include: the purchase of the Sangster International Airport by the Mexican Pacific Group Gap; the US$200 million investment in the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort by the Chapur family of the Mexico based Palace Resorts fame, and the purchase of Dolphin Cove by the Mexican company, Dolphin Discovery.

Brazil is shipping maize to South Africa, a traditional maize exporter suffering from an El Niño-related drought, as it seeks new markets for its growing corn production. razil exported 321,662 tonnes of corn to South Africa in 2015, up from none the previous year, data from the Trade Ministry showed this week. Three more cargoes are on the way or likely to leave Brazilian ports soon, according to shipping data as well as a South African trade source.