East African countries eye Hong Kong as gateway to SE Asian meat market

ADDIS ABABA, June 11 (Xinhua) — East African countries, under the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), on Monday disclosed their interest in penetrating Southeast Asia’s meat and live animals market via Hong Kong.

IGAD member countries, which usually export live animals and meat to Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, said Hong Kong’s meat and live animals market could help to mitigate some of the challenges faced while exporting to MENA region, IGAD said in a statement.

According to IGAD, despite the close proximity and East Africa’s rich animal resources, the region was only able to meet 50 percent and 10 percent of the annual demand of the Middle East and North African markets respectively.

Noting the seasonal nature of MENA’s meat and live animal…

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