Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem said Uganda is committed to seeing an increase in its coffee sports to China.
Minister T made the remarks during his remarks at the one-day hybrid Uganda Coffee Day event organized by the Ugandan Consulate in Guangzhou and the Embassy in Beijing along with the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) with the aim of increasing the volume of exported coffee. and coffee products from Uganda to China.
The event which took place simultaneously in Guangzhou at the Guangzhou Jinda Coffee & Beverages Market, one of the largest coffee markets in southern China and UCDA’s offices in Kampala, featured a coffee tasting and a tasting of the latest harvest of coffee samples of Robusta and Arabica coffee.
The Minister commended the efforts of the Ugandan Consulate in Guangzhou and the Embassy in Beijing for organizing the event which is in line with the Ministry’s deliberate policy to pursue economic and trade diplomacy with the aim of enhancing bilateral trade with China. .
Oyrem informed his audience that President Museveni Museveni had ordered the Uganda Coffee Development Authority to accelerate coffee production from 3.5 million 60kg bags to 20 million by 2025.
He said commitments like these will provide a necessary platform to explore different ways to achieve this.
According to Oryem, Ugandan coffee is now ranked third in the world in terms of quality and this government is looking for ways to help the private sector enter the Chinese market, which will give the farmer a good place in world trade.
Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zhang Lizhong hailed the excellent bilateral relations between China and Uganda.
He also reiterated China’s commitment to increasing bilateral trade and said one of the ways to achieve this was to increase imports of Ugandan coffee, which has a unique taste and flavor enjoyed by a percentage. important to Chinese.
He also informed the audience of the commitment of the Chinese Embassy in Uganda to continue offering technical support to UCDA to achieve this common goal for the mutual benefit of both parties.
Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) Managing Director Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye revealed that “Uganda is coming to China in a big way”.
He noted that Ugandan coffee first came to China in 2003 and Thursday’s event is one of the activities to find ways to bring Ugandan coffee into the Chinese market.
He added that Uganda’s coffee roadmap to increase coffee production from 3.5 million bags to 20 million bags by 2030 has been informed by market lessons from around the world. .
He pointed out that “For China, the UCDA is considering a structured approach to offset the import deficit by increasing coffee export volumes with a focus on high-quality specialties.”
Uganda’s Acting Ambassador to China, Fred Mugisha, further reiterated his commitment to increasing coffee exports to the Republic of China.
He pointed to a memorandum of understanding between Uganda and the People’s Republic of China that allows Ugandan coffee to access the Chinese market.
He encouraged coffee exporters to take advantage of this MoU to increase coffee exports to China.
Cai Shuqiang, President of Jinda Coffee Market in Guangzhou, thanked the staff of the Ugandan Consulate and Embassy in China and the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) for organizing this event, the first Ugandan Coffee Day in Guangzhou.
He highlighted the huge potential of Ugandan coffee in China and expressed his commitment to partner with UCDA and any other Ugandan companies willing to export Ugandan coffee to China.
He further stressed that he will organize and lead a delegation of Chinese investors to Uganda to explore more opportunities in the coffee sector once the COVID-19 restrictions on travel to China are reviewed.
According to UCDA statistics, the Chinese coffee market is estimated at $11.5 billion in annual sales and is expected to grow by 10% over the next five years.
In addition, coffee consumption in China is increasing by 15-20% per year.
With increasing volumes of organic coffee, Uganda has an edge over other African countries in capturing the Chinese coffee market.
The event attracted key players in the coffee sector, including coffee importers and exporters, traders, roasters, resellers of coffee machines and related equipment, media professionals and relevant government departments.
It concluded with an awards ceremony for the best Ugandan coffees in tasting and tasting presided over by Jacky Lee as judge and head of the jury in Guangzhou.
Sipi falls Natural Anaerobic from Kawacom (U) Ltd, Natural from Mountain Harvest and Mt Elgon UTZ AAA washed Arabica coffee all won different awards.