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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Fiji plans to boost its cooperation with China by promoting Fijian agricultural products including fisheries and tropical agriculture products, the Pacific island country's Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu said Monday. The developments followed the Fiji-China 4th Joint Working Committee meeting held in Suva on Monday, where the two countries discussed areas of trade and cooperation, including training for rice, ginger and mushroom farming and capacity building for Fijian agricultural officials. Zhang Taolin, China's vice minister of agriculture, said China is willing to provide training and assistance in the areas of livestock, value addition and food technology.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

On August 27 and 28, the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) was held in Nairobi, Kenya—the first time the TICAD has been hosted in Africa since its inception in 1993. During the forum, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $30 billion in public and private support for African development over the next three years, including $10 billion for infrastructure projects executed in cooperation with the African Development Bank. While Japan’s heightened contribution to African development is a highly positive sign of enhanced international efforts, such positivity is shadowed by the broad coverage on Japan intensifying its competition with China in Africa.

Japanese and African leaders and delegations met on 27-28 August in Nairobi for the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as 34 African heads of state and government – including those of Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda – attended the summit, among over 11,000 participants. The sixth edition of the TICAD, which in a symbolic move marked the first time the event was held in Africa since its creation more than 20 years ago, saw close to 50 Japanese and African companies and organisations sign a total of 73 memoranda of understanding (MoUs).

The recent Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) that drew 10 000 delegates to Nairobi, Kenya for its maiden summit on the continent sharply re-focussed the attention of the international community on the urgency of Africa’s development. This sentiment was expressed in an interview on the sidelines of the two-day conference with Ned Sibeya, deputy chief of national development at the National Planning Commission, who was part of the Namibian delegation led by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

The United Nations has called for increased funding for organic farming in Africa, saying it has rich potential but is increasingly under-funded. A survey conducted by the UN Conference on Trade and Development revealed on Monday in Rome that organic farming offers an excellent and lucrative export opportunity for Africa. It noted in a survey that access to finance is harder to come by than five years ago. In the survey, 64 per cent of organic farmers, exporters, and experts from 16 African countries said the situation had not changed while 23 per cent said they felt that access to financing had become more restrictive in the last five years.