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Coveney Announces Significant Progress On Chinese Market Access for Beef

Two separate Memoranda of Understanding were agreed and signed yesterday between Minister Coveney and Minister Zhi Shuping of AQSIQ and Vice Minister Niu Dun of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on agricultural co-operation provides a new five year framework for exchanges of expertise in the agriculture and fisheries sectors. Minister Coveney said that Vice Minister Gao Hongbin will visit Ireland in May in a continuing build up of increased cooperation between the respective Ministries of Agriculture. Vice Minister Niu Dun also responded favourably to Minister Coveney’s invitation to visit Ireland again in the near future.