Incoming Chinese Ambassador Zhou Ding:

'Zimbabwe should ramp up exports to China'

According to incoming Chinese Ambassador Zhou Ding, Zimbabwe should leverage on its huge potential and ramp up exports to China, which is home to 1.4 billion people. Last year, trade between Zimbabwe and China surged 29.2 percent year-on-year to a record high of USS2.43 billion. During that period, Zimbabwe exported LISS1.3 billion of goods to China and imported US$1.13 billion worth of goods from China, the embassy tweeted.

Speaking after presenting his credentials to President Mnangagwa at State House, Ambassador Zhou said Zimbabwe has great potential to increase exports to China. "Zimbabwe is such a beautiful country with huge potential for future development, I spoke to the President, not just about our past, but our future relations and the potential, and also cooperation. We are very proud of our history and achievements," he said.

In a major development for Zimbabwean citrus farmers, the General Administration of Customs of China recently released a list of registered Zimbabwean orchards and packhouses for fresh citrus exports to China. The government of Zimbabwe and China finalised the citrus trade protocol last year that is meant to facilitate exports of citrus products to the Asian country in order to broaden market scope for Zimbabwe.


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