Suriname: A thousand growers may export to Europe in 2018

In 2018, at least 1 000 farmers from the South American country of Suriname will get the opportunity to export non-traditional export crops, as well as fruits and vegetables, to Europe. This is according to the Suriname Herald. These exports have been made possible by an agreement signed between the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization, along with a donation of $15 million. This agreement guarantees market access, Suriname President, Desi Bouterse, indicated during his New Year's message.

Exports and imports are of great importance to accelerated economic growth. Making it possible for large cargo ships to come and go is of strategic value. This means that this year's most important priority is dredging the Nickerie and Suriname rivers, according to the President. By deepening these rivers, larger ships will be able to dock at the ports of Nickerie and Paramaribo. Rice and banana exports from Nickerie are expected to increase. This, in turn, will result in lower freight tariffs.

The port of Paramaribo is also going to be made accessible for much larger cargo ships, carrying bigger shipments. This will mean freight prices will decrease, which will then lead to lower consumer prices for all these goods. Bouterse says the government will carry out these dredging activities in the most inexpensive and sustainable way possible. They will make use of Public Private Partnership and Foreign Direct Investment instruments. This means little, or no, state resources will be needed. "It is expected that this will ensure that future strategic opportunities and prospects of economic growth will be effectively utilised", said President Bouterse.

Source: Suriname Herald

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