Ireland is optimistic about China's broad market prospects and looks forward to exporting more high-quality agri food products to the region, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has said.

The comments came at a meeting between Chinese ambassador He Xiangdong and the Minister, who was joined by Department assistant secretary general Sinead McPhillips and Minister of State Martin Heydon.

The Minister highlighted that China is Ireland's third-largest agri food market outside the EU, with agri food enterprises strengthening collaborations with their Chinese partners.

Bilateral growth

Minister McConalogue said: “Ireland is aiming for a rapid economic recovery amid the challenge of COVID-19 and would be more than willing to further enhance economic co-operation in order to boost the development of both countries."

The Chinese ambassador said that the countries are complementary to each other in bilateral trade, standing ready to work together to further strengthen communication and overcome shared difficulties.

Ambassador Xiangdong said: “Chinese people are fond of Irish meat, dairy products and seafood. We welcome more Irish agri food products' entry into the Chinese market.

“Although the global economy has been significantly impacted by the pandemic, China-Ireland agri food trade enjoys steady growth, benefiting from healthy and steady development of bilateral relations.”

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