Geingob leads Norway trade mission
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon Hage Geingob is in Norway to promote Namibian agricultural exports.
Geingob is leading a high powered ministerial delegation which includes Tom Alweendo, Director General of the National Planning Commission, the two Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Josef Iita and Trade and Industry, Dr Malan Lindeque.
Besides other high government officials, the Ministerial delegation is also accompanied by a powerful business delegation, mainly from the beef industry, which amongst others includes Paul Strydom, Chief Executive Officer of the Meat Board of Namibia, Clara Bohitile, Chairperson Meatco, as well as its CEO Kobus du Plessis. Andriet van Niekerk will represent Brukarros Meat Processors and the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) will be represented by its Acting Chief Executive Officer Pieter de Wet. Namibia exports beef to Norway under two dispensations: the Norwegian GSP scheme and the SACU-Norway Agricultural Agreement. The Norwegian GSP system makes provision for an annual quota of 2700 tons for which duty free treatment of beef originating from Botswana and Namibia is conferred.
In addition, the SACU-Norway Agriculture Agreement, which forms part of the instruments establishing the SACU-EFTA Free Trade Area Agreement, includes a Protocol on Beef under which Norway grants an annual quota of 500 tons.
From the above two instruments, Namibia and Botswana each has a total beef quota of 1600 tons per annum for preferential market access into Norway.