Malawi and Gambia discuss potential rice export opportunities in Gambia

There is a potential export market for rice in Gambia that Malawian producers can take advantage of. This was revealed during a virtual business meeting held recently between Malawian private sector and buyers from Gambia.

Speaking during the meeting, Sulayman Cham, Finance and Economic Affairs Specialist and owner of Niro Company Ltd in Gambia said they are ready to start importing rice from Malawi.

Gambia requires 96,000 metric tons of rice per year based on its relatively low population. So we are ready to start importing from Malawi and we are mostly interested in buying 100% broken rice of any variety from Malawi because that is what is on demand.’ Said Cham.

Chief Executive Officer for Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC), Paul Kwengwere has since encouraged local exporters to explore this market opportunity in Gambia.

This a great opportunity for those that are into rice production. As a trade facilitation agency we are more than ready to facilitate those that might be interested in exploring this opportunity in Gambia. We are also told that apart from rice, Gambia is also interested in importing other commodities like Irish potatoes and onions from Malawi. So we are still engaging the ministry of trade in Gambia on how best we can explore such export opportunities.’ Said Kwengwere.

Malawi’s trade engagement with Gambia is in line with the spirit of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) which encourages economic integration to promote trade and investment in the region.

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