China's Hunan Province promotes tea in Morocco
CASABLANCA, Morocco, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The Hunan Tea Promotion Conference was held on Monday in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, attracting more than 100 people, including government officials and tea merchants.
Hunan Province is one of the largest tea production bases in China, and Hunan's tea is renowned for its high quality, said Sui Zhongcheng, vice governor of Hunan Province, at the conference.
Sui expressed hopes that tea merchants from Hunan and Morocco will know each other via the conference and work together to bring more tea from Hunan to the Moroccan market.
Mohamed Astaib, president of the Association of Moroccan Tea Professionals, said Morocco is China's largest tea export market.
In 2018, Morocco imported 77,600 tons of tea from China, accounting for about one quarter of the tea exports in China, he explained.
Astaib also described tea as an indispensable product in the life of Moroccans, as Moroccans consumed more than two kg of tea per capita in 2018.
Morocco's tea merchants are willing to work with their Chinese counterparts to promote tea trade between the two countries, he said.