Uruguay already looking forward to next CIIE
Uruguay has already signed up for next year’s China International Import Expo, like many other countries which have benefited from the event, according to its state brand promoting agency, Uruguay XXI.
“This time, we have already signed deals to start exporting honey and horse meat. Uruguay’s dairy association, Conaprole, has also signed with Bright and New Hope to increase exports,” Antonio Carambula Sagasti, executive director of Uruguay XXI, told Shanghai Daily at the country’s booth, where dozens of negotiations tables were occupied.
More than 70 percent of Uruguay's dairy products are exported, and increasing exports to China, its largest trading partner, is a major focus this year. Currently, Uruguay's top star in the Chinese market is beef. Eighteen varieties of meat from Uruguay are showcased at the booth.
Sagasti is confident more dairy products will enter Chinese markets following new framework deals. He also listed food, tourism and renewable energy as areas of collaboration and new growth points in the future.
“There are lots of challenges in the competitive Chinese market, but we have seen a rapid growth of our exports to China in recent years. We made quite a lot of deals last year at the CIIE, and we are confident we can achieve more this year.”