Achieving beef market access to South Korea a ‘very high priority’

The Irish government’s trade mission to Japan and South Korea continued today as its Korean stage kicked off with the first full day of events in the nation’s capital, Seoul.

Minister Creed met with the South Korean Minister for Agriculture, Kim Yung-Rok.

Speaking following the meeting, Minister Creed said: “I stated the very high priority accorded to achieving beef market access to Korea and the importance of further advancing the process, following on from recent inspection visits.

“A follow-up meeting has been arranged between Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine officials and Minister Kim’s technical experts.”

Following this, Minister Creed opened an Origin Green Dairy seminar. The ministers also addressed ‘The Flavour of Ireland’ networking reception, showcasing the best of Irish food and drink to an audience of South Korean buyers and media.

This event provided the Irish delegation with an opportunity to meet key players in the South Korean market, such as Won International, and to learn more about the opportunities for exporting Irish meat and dairy products to South Korea.

The minister rounded off today’s schedule of events by meeting with a number of South Korean companies who hold contracts with businesses supported by Enterprise Ireland.

Concluding on today’s meetings, Minister Creed stressed that it was very important for Irish producers to make industry contacts in South Korea, noting: “A key part of our efforts during trade missions is to facilitate important introductions between Irish exporters and key industry contacts on the ground.

Today’s engagements with significant industry players along the supply chain provided a good opportunity for our industry representatives to develop new relationships, which will aid their efforts in developing their footprint in the South Korean marketplace.

Minister Creed and the Irish government’s trade mission finished its Japanese stage yesterday, with the minister stating that Japan is open to further co-operation and collaboration with Ireland.