As part of the week-long agri-trade mission to China and Hong Kong, the Minister for Agriculture Food & Marine, Michael Creed, today (Thursday, May 17) oversaw the signing of a memorandum of understanding, committing to an Irish presence at the China International Import Expo taking place in November 2018 in Shanghai.
Minister Creed said: “It is a great honour for Ireland to be invited by the Chinese authorities to participate in this November’s event in Shanghai. This initiative which is being personally driven by the president of China, Xi Jinping, will have an expected attendance of 185,000 Chinese buyers. An event such as this, which is being promoted by the Chinese Government, offers the ideal opportunity for Irish food exporters to do business and enhance relationships.”
Bord Bia have committed to taking a stand in the Exhibition Food Hall, and Enterprise Ireland are also expected to have a presence at the event. Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy signed the memorandum of understanding this morning on behalf of the Irish delegation.
On his final day in Shanghai, Minister Creed held high-level meetings with a number of significant dairy companies including Wyeth, Newbaze and Beingmate. The trade mission now moves to Hangzhou, where Minister Creed will participate in a number of events hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture.
China is proving to be a fruitful market for Irish exporters. Ireland’s agri-food exports to China have increased from about €200m in 2010 to approximately €1bn last year.
According to Minister Creed, the importance of Ireland’s reputation as a source of high-quality food and beverages, must continue to be emphasised in relation to the future expansion of our export ranges to China.
“We have a particular opportunity this week to present the Irish beef sector following the recent success in obtaining access to the Chinese market,” Minister Creed said. “We are also keen to build on existing trade links in other areas, including dairy, pigmeat and seafood. We want to highlight the credentials of Ireland’s food and drink sector from a food safety, sustainability and authenticity perspective, in order to develop a unique selling point for Irish products.”
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