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Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers has appreciated the progress made so far in the negotiating process that include finalising the outstanding work in Phase 1 of the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA). His Majesty King Mswati III signed the TFTA agreement on June 15, 2015, five days after the official launch by heads of state and government in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt on June 10, 2015. In its 35th meeting held in Lusaka, Zambia in December 2015, the council appreciated the progress made in the negotiations process which included finalising the outstanding work in Phase I relating to rules of origin, elimination of import duties and trade remedies.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

The year 2015 was quite eventful for China-Africa diplomacy. Several high-level officials from both sides visited in each direction; the African Union (AU) and China signed a memorandum of understanding; China concluded an agreement to build a base in Djibouti; and China signed a host of bilateral agreements with African countries. The capstone of the year’s diplomatic efforts was Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), hosted in Johannesburg on Dec. 4-5 and gathering delegations from 50 African countries, the African Union, and of course China. What did we learn about China-Africa relations from this meeting? FOCAC’s launch was a collaboration among China and several African delegations to convene a triennial meeting that would chart out cooperation projects and discuss China-Africa relations multilaterally.

The Chinese government, through the ambassador to Uganda, Zhao Yali will put aside sh60b towards projects aimed at commercializing agriculture The Government of the people's Republic of China has pledged to support organized business groups especially those in agriculture. The Chinese government, through the ambassador to Uganda, Zhao Yali will put aside sh60b towards projects aimed at commercializing agriculture. Yali said, "My government is committed to working closely with Uganda because the country is endowed with enough land to spur agriculture. Right now, agricultural groups should be better organized and work in solidarity to grow the sector.

As the proverb says, bread is the staff of life, the southern African country Mozambique knows it well. Four years ago, Rudy Manuel, a Mozambican youth, could not imagine that his father's farm, located in Xai-Xai district in Mozambique's southern province of Gaza, can reach a yield of up to 4,8 tonnes of grain per hectare. Before cooperating with China WanBao Co., Ltd. in 2011, Manuel's 42-hectare farm only had the capacity of producing an average of 1,5 tonnes of grain per hectare. It is not an exception in Mozambique, which possesses large alluvial plains as arable land, but is still plagued by a food deficit of nearly 300 000 tonnes of grain, constrained by its primitive farming techniques.

The year 2015 was an eventful one in Zimbabwe's agricultural sector. The resuscitation of irrigation schemes countrywide under the $38 million Brazil More Food for Africa Programme, revival of the Agricultural Rural Development Authority estates and settlement of the outstanding payments by the Grain Marketing Board characterised the 2015 agricultural year. However, farmers continued to face challenges such as drought, high inputs costs, lack of affordable funding and foot and mouth disease outbreaks which are threatening the sector. Farmers also complained of the imported agricultural produce that flooded the local market as they failed to secure viable markets.