China and Ethiopia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on coffee exports to China.
Under the agreement, efforts will be made to encourage the export of Ethiopia’s cash crops, starting with coffee, and seek buyers to help sell Ethiopian coffee in China.
The memorandum was signed between Ethiopia’s Ministry of Innovation and Technology and the Investment Promotion Center of CCPIT.
Amid increasing demand for coffee among younger Chinese, penetrating the emerging coffee market has become a major priority of Ethiopian coffee producers and exporters.
According to Getahun Mekuria, Ethiopia’s innovation and technology minister, advanced technologies such as blockchain are expected to be applied in the coffee making process to add more value to the country’s coffee industry.