Zimbabwe and China are about to sign a citrus fruits export deal that is so promising that Zimtrade has described it as ‘farming industry transforming.’ The deal will further solidify economic corporation between the two countries and is set to open up a new frontier for locals who have previously relied on the European market.
This is completely in line with the Zimbabwean government’s export development strategy under the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1 2021 to 2030). NDS1 is the economic blueprint with which Zimbabwe expects to foster rapid economic growth towards an upper middle income economy by 2030 as set by President Mnangagwa. Growing value added exports, both by quantity and variety, is at the core of this development strategy.
The country’s export development and promotional agency, ZimTrade, is negotiating with Chinese authorities on behalf of Government and deal announcement is now imminent.