China International Import Expo (CIIE) is being held in Shanghai. We recently interviewed some consul generals in Shanghai to hear how their respective countries will engage in the event.
Therese Healy Consul General of Ireland
Ireland, through its food promotional board, has decided to display our high-quality Irish food and drinks. Ireland is known as “Food Island” and has a long track of record of importing high-quality and very safe produce to China. What we have been doing already is importing excellent quality Irish seafood to China. The feedback of consumers here has been overwhelmingly positive. Irish beef is one of the best products that we have. Irish cattle are raised outdoors for almost a whole year, eating high-quality Irish grass in a very natural environment. I am glad that CIIE is taking place in Shanghai, a city famous for its trade with the outside world and its openness and international spirit.
Sabri Tunç Angili Consul General of Turkey
Turkey's four industries, including auto, food, textile and chemistry and machinery equipment will participate in CIIE. They are really the driving forces of Turkish economy. Many global auto manufacturers now have production facilities in Turkey, which makes Turkey's auto companies very experienced because they are supplying the parts of high-quality automobiles to places where these global companies are producing, including China. We have a strong agriculture and this leads to the development of food industry in Turkey. In 2015, China and Turkey signed an agreement to allow Turkish ice-cream products into the Chinese market. Now the licensing talks between China and Turkey are going on. I hope we can reach a conclusion before the expo so that Chinese consumers can see our good-quality ice-cream products.