Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster is hopeful that Northern Ireland producers will soon be able to export pork products to China.
Speaking after a meeting with Ms Wang Shuying, Chinese Consul General to NI, Arlene Foster said: “China is an important and growing export market for Northern Ireland companies and I look forward to this relationship continuing.
“I had a very positive meeting with Ms Wang Shuying, during which we spoke about the existing business and university links between China and Northern Ireland, and how we can continue to nurture and build on those links.
“I particularly welcome the planned inspection visit by the Chinese National Certification Authority to our pork plants, with a view to enabling the export of pork products to China to commence. Northern Ireland pork companies see significant potential to sell into China and have participated at Food Hotel China in Shanghai for the last three years in anticipation of receiving approval, which I now hope will be progressed following the inspection visit later this year.”
Mrs Foster added: “I also took the opportunity to discuss the increased tourism opportunities that now exist between Northern Ireland and China, following the recent introduction of a new British-Irish Visa Scheme, which enables Chinese visitors to visit both the UK, including Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland on a single visa of either country.