During these meetings on Thursday, Irish Beef and Pork were the focal points of discussions.
Creed met up, as arranged, with Mexican Sub-Secretary for Trade, Juan Carlos Baker Pineda and the Mexican Secretary for Agriculture (SAGARPA), Mr Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa.
Speaking after the meetings Creed spoke of his optimism following positive engagements. He says there was a keenness expressed to increase trade from the EU.
He said, “As the first Irish Minister for Agriculture to visit Mexico as part of a Trade Mission, I was extremely encouraged with the positive engagement I had today with both Secretary Calzada, and Undersecretary Baker. Both Secretaries expressed a keen willingness to progress Trade with the EU and indeed Ireland specifically and I hope today's meetings can be the catalyst to further progress in Agri-food trade with Mexico.”
After speaking to Secretary for Agriculture, Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, Mr. Creed spoke of the recent modest number of dairy exports between the countries.
He also added that this represented over 90% of all exports to Mexico from Ireland. He said today was an opportunity to open up market access to Mexico with regards beef.
He said, “Agri-food Trade to Mexico to date has been relatively modest with dairy exports totalling over €52.5M in 2016, which represented over 91% of total agricultural exports to Mexico last year. We do not have market access for meat products to Mexico at present therefore I took the opportunity during today's meeting to present Secretary Calzada with a technical questionnaire for pork access and a letter of intent for beef access. There have also been a number of technical meetings taking place between my officials and Mexican authorities parallel to the political engagement.”
The two day mission to Mexico concludes today with a meeting with Mexican Meat Industry representatives. He will also officially launch the Irish Mexican Chamber of Commerce.