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Canada wants to import fruits and vegetables from the Maghreb
Release Date : 2012-11-20
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Canada is interested in vegetables and fruits that can Maghreb, despite the distance, competing agricultural products in Latin America, said its ambassador in Algiers. With trade estimated at 5.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2011, Algeria is the largest trading partner in Africa and MENA, said the diplomat.
The Maghreb has a "high potential" export fruits and vegetables concern to Canada, said today its ambassador in Algiers, Geneviève des Rivières. Canada is certainly a major producer of agricultural products but for climatic reasons, it is necessary to resort to imports to cover a large portion of its fruits and vegetables, she said in her speech at the Regional Meeting the commercial opportunity in the food industry, held in Algiers by the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Canada suppliers of these products are agricultural countries of the Caribbean and Latin America, the Maghreb countries can find a place because of the quality of their fruits and vegetables, she noted. "You in Algeria tangerines and tomatoes of excellent quality," said the ambassador, recalling that Canada and Algeria signed since 1995 a Memorandum of Understanding on the facilitation of agricultural trade. The diplomat noted, moreover, that Algeria is the first trading partner in Africa and the MENA region with trade estimated at $ 5.5 billion. Most of these exchanges, she said, is made up of Canadian imports hydrocarbons.
Algerian dates reported $ 23 million in 2011
For his part the Secretary General of the Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Smati Aissa, said Algerian exports in agricultural and food products totaled $ 350 million in 2011, an increase of 13% compared to 2010. According to him, some 1.6 million Algerians, or 23% of the labor force working in the agricultural sector which generates 40% of non-oil GDP of the country. According to Ali Aris, consultant trade, Algeria has a total of 5000 companies operating in the agriculture and food sector which only 215 are able to export their products. He said that only five companies, whose group Cevital export so "continuous".
The flagship of the Algerian agriculture remains dates the value of exports reached in 2011, according to the consultant, the amount of $ 23 million against U.S. $ 4 million for truffles. Speakers at the meeting noted that the capacity of Algeria, in terms of export of agricultural products are very low compared to other neighboring countries to the example of Morocco which exported last year for worth more than 2 billion U.S. dollars.
Regional meeting on business opportunities in the food sector will end on Tuesday. It was organized in the framework of EnACT (Enhancing Arab Capacity for Trade), to strengthen trade capacity of its five members (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan). EnACT program launched in Rabat in March 2010, is funded by the Canadian government devotes help 9 million U.S. dollars.

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