Sign in | Join free

Malawi woos chinese investment in cotton industry

Malawi woos chinese investment in cotton industry Source: english.ctei.gov.cn
Date: 06-04-2012
Visits: 235
Very Poor

industry, stressing that more value addition is needed.

The Malawian Minister of Industry and Trade John Bande told Xinhua in an exclusive interview that the southern African country wants to see more value addition to cotton where they would want Chinese companies establishing textile mills to produce textiles for exports to regional markets and other important markets.

"The Malawian government allocated large sums of resources in the cotton sector, and the aim is to add value to cotton before exports," the minister said.

"Malawi would be willing to work with the Chinese in areas that are supposed to promote diversification and exports, such as agro processing and manufacturing sectors," Bande added.

He said Malawi would want to cooperate with the Chinese in the service sectors including energy, tourism, information technology and construction, which would contribute a lot to the country's GDP.

For the time being, China has invested in a cotton growing and processing project in Balaka, southern Malawi, which Bande said was "complimenting the government's vision where cotton is processed and exported."

On the China-Malawi trade relations, Bande said Malawi's trade with China continues to grow significantly in terms of both imports and exports.

"Notably Malawi's exports to China grew by 294 percent between 2009 and 2010 from 1.3 billion Malawian kwacha (around 7.7 million U.S. dollars) to 5 billion kwacha," he said.

The minister said the major exports include tobacco, cotton, tea, minerals, wood and other products.

He also heaped praises on China's zero-tariff treatment to Malawi. "In March 2010, an agreement was reached between China and Malawi, whereby China phased in zero-tariff treatment of 95 percent of the products originating in Malawi and exported to China," Bande said.

"Under this agreement, 60 percent of the products listed gained duty free status in 2010. Crops which benefited from this treatment included coffee, tea, soy beans, groundnuts, honey and many other product," he said.

In terms of the recent withdraw of aid by the Western countries, including suspension of major aid packages, Bande said it has put the costs of doing business in Malawi even higher than before.

like 423 Unlike 47
Users Comments
No comments to display
Are you sure you want to delete this comment.
Add your comment
User Name:
Email: Will not be published
Rate This article:
Comment:
Maximum 3500 characters
Your name
Your email address
Your friend email address
  • /images/ourservices/125-600/pricetrend.jpg
  • /images/ourservices/125-600/product.jpg
  • /images/ourservices/125-600/videos.jpg
Suntex Asia Limited
32341 Users
have already joined suntexasia.com. Shouldn't you?
Full registration will provide you access to all our free services. It takes only one minute and it is free Go here
Quick registration (it's free)
Accesss to some of our free services
Select membership
Full Name
User Name
Email
Password
Enter the code
hycmm
(Note: If you can't read the letters, reload the page to generate a new one.)
terms and conditions
 
Members Login
Already registered
Email
Password
Forgot your password
golden fees
Enter your e-mail address
Choose your room