On Friday, 27 May 2022, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture launched its Africa Agricultural Strategy for the Western Cape.
Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer mentioned that the technique focuses on co-creation inside financial growth, job creation, and meals safety.
Meyer: “The African market offered great trade opportunities and was essential to South Africa and the rest of the world. We aim to unlock agricultural opportunities in Africa and the Western Cape Agricultural Sector, including agricultural trade products, inputs, services, technology partnerships, information, skills development, training and logistics.”
Left to proper: Michael Twum (Ghana), Selma Nghinamundova (Namibia), Minister Ivan Meyer (South Africa), Sebastião e Carvalho Neto (Angola), Esther Tonderai Mudambo (Zimbabwe)
Meyer continues: “Africa is the third-largest market of the Western Cape’s primary agricultural exports, accounting for R4.3 billion in 2021. The African market imports share of 41% for agricultural exports comes from South Africa. Globally it accounts for 2.9% of global imports and contributes 2.8% to the world economy. Furthermore, during 2012-2017, the average annual GDP growth increased by 4.3%, the second fastest-growing economy after Asia at 4.5%.”
Welcoming the technique, the Consul General of Angola, Mr Sebastião De Carvalho Neto, highlighted that agriculture was the bottom for financial growth and the battle towards poverty and starvation.
De Carvalho Neto: ”The Angolan Government is diversifying its financial system with a robust deal with agriculture. We are manufacturing capability, innovation and expertise and market alternatives. The Department of Agriculture’s African Strategy for the Agricultural Sector lays the platform to strengthen bilateral hyperlinks and develop a extra targeted method to our relationship with the Western Cape Government, Wesgro and the Department of Agriculture.”
CEO of Agri-Western Cape, Jannie Strydom, says that his organisation is dedicated to supporting the WCDoA’s African Strategy.
Strydom: “Government can play a crucial role by addressing poor infrastructure, logistical challenges and by facilitating trade relationships. Government must take responsibility for creating and enabling an environment for the private sector to do business.”
Meyer: “With the turbulence in the world and the impact of the war in Ukraine, Africa is the next centre of agricultural growth, trade and investment. The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement creates mutually beneficial opportunities to tackle poverty, hunger and food insecurity.”
“The Western Cape Government is committed to increasing two-way trade and investment, growing our respective economies, creating jobs, and promoting safety, well-being and dignity,” concludes Meyer.
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