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Mexico plans to increase food exports to Persian Gulf

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Staff writer ▼ | May 18, 2016
Mexico plans to increase its food exports to the Persian Gulf countries, major importers of these products, twentyfold over the next 10 years.
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Food trade   Mexican Agriculture Secretary Jose Calzada is on tour
Mexico wants to increase food exports to the region from $46 million to $1 billion, Mexican Agriculture Secretary Jose Calzada told EFE in Dubai.

Calzada is on a diplomatic tour of the region, which includes the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.

Mexico aims to “increase each year by 50 percent” the value of exports, which totaled $46 million in 2015, the agriculture secretary said outside the 2016 Mexico Agri-Food Show in Dubai.

Calzada opened the trade event on Monday by saying that current exports were “very low” in relation to both the potential that Mexico has and the region’s high demand for food.

In 2015, Gulf Cooperation Council member countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, imported agricultural products worth $45 billion.

The main foods Mexico exports to the Gulf are fruits and preserves, ProMexico trade promotion agency CEO Francisco Gonzalez told EFE, adding that his country expected to be certified halal and introduce seafood products into the region.

Calzada is also being accompanied by representatives from 36 Mexican travel companies interested in entering the Persian Gulf market.