BEIJING, 6 August 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Mechanization Sciences (CAAMS) jointly organized the Second International Workshop on “upgrading the livestock value chain programme of Ethiopia”.
Funded by the Government of China, the workshop brought together more than 25 senior representatives from public and private stakeholders, including the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the Chinese International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), the Export-Import Bank of China, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources of Ethiopia, the Ministry of Industry of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Policy Study and Research Center.
The workshop sought to identify main bottlenecks and develop key recommendations to improve the sector’s performance, by deepening the participants’ technical expertise on modern livestock industry as well as to benchmark China’s sector-related experience. The workshop further served as a platform for information and knowledge sharing focused on dairy and meat processing.
“By identifying inefficiencies along the livestock value chain, including by benchmarking best experiences, mobilizing partners and consulting stakeholder, UNIDO seeks to effectively unlock key constraints that hinder the development of the Ethiopian livestock sector,” said UNIDO Representative Ralf Bredel of the UNIDO Regional Office in China.
CAAMS President WANG Bo said: “CAAMS is committed to its strategic cooperation with UNIDO and Ethiopia on the mechanization of its agriculture. The workshop and its series of field visits will further strengthen the Sino-Ethiopian cooperation and promote Ethiopia’s livestock sector through practical exchanges in technology, talent and market.”
Similarly, Deputy Director General GUO Xueyan of the GACC’s Department of International Cooperation expressed her appreciation of the joint initiative of UNIDO and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) to improve Ethiopia’s meat quality inspection and quarantine system. “The GACC is looking forward to offering technical and capacity support, also for the implementation of UNIDO’s ULVCP-ETH project,” Guo said.
“China and Ethiopia have a longstanding history of diplomatic and development cooperation,” said Deputy Director General Solomon Gebre Michael of Ethiopia’s National Animal Health Diagnostic and Investigation Center. “The Ethiopian livestock sector has various constraints that hinder entry into a global meat market except for a few Middle Eastern countries; integrated and focused efforts – such as the ULVCP-ETH – are essential to advance the livestock industry.”
After the workshop, participants visited Tianjin Customs and its quality and safety inspection laboratory, where a third of meat import to China transit. Subsequently, participants undertook additional study tours and met with agro-industrial operators of cattle-breeding farms and abattoirs, dairy farms and dairy processing facilities, and so on. The participants also had the opportunity to comment on the draft UNIDO strategy on livestock sector capacity building, and to discuss related technical cooperation.
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