The International Meat Trade Association – Events blog

IMTA met with the Japanese Embassy in London to discuss Brexit, the EU-Japan FTA which has just reached a political agreement and to sample some delicious Japanese Wagyu beef at Tokimeite in London.

 

Rosanna Jackson, Economics Section, Japanese Embassy, Takashi Hiranaka, Counsellor, Japanese Embassy.

Rosanna Jackson, Economics Section, Japanese Embassy, Takashi Hiranaka, Counsellor, Japanese Embassy.

On 5th July IMTA hosted a visit from the Uruguayan National Meat Institute (INAC) and the Uruguayan Butcher’s Guild. IMTA took them on a tour of Smithfield market and had a discussion with them on IMTA’s role during a working breakfast. The visit was coordinated by the Uruguayan Embassy.

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Katie Doherty & Liz Murphy visited the WTO in Geneva to meet with the WTO Secretariat and various WTO missions to discuss Brexit among other things.

They attended a Cairn’s Group bbq at the residence of The Australian Ambassador, Frances Lisson.

IMTA met with members of the Cairn’s group as well as the WTO Secretariat.

Tom Corkery, Irish Mission to WTO, Frances Lisson Australian Ambassador to the WTO, Katie Doherty Policy Director IMTA, Liz Murphy CEO IMTA.

Tom Corkery, Irish Mission to WTO, Frances Lisson Australian Ambassador to the WTO, Katie Doherty Policy Director IMTA, Liz Murphy CEO IMTA.

Liz Murphy, Margaret Boanas and Katie Doherty were invited to attend a reception at the Residence of the Ambassador of Uruguay Fernando López Fabregat. The occasion was a celebration of the cooperation between The Worshipful Company of Butchers, The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, The master of the IT livery and The International Meat Trade Asscociation. Meat is a vital part of the Uruguayan economy with its 12 million cattle and 9 million sheep. IMTA looks forward to further working with the Uruguayan embassy in London.

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On Tuesday 6th of December IMTA met with George Eustice along with the Northern Irish Meat Export Association. Margaret Ritchie MP for South Down facilitated the meeting for the two trade associations. The focus of the meeting was on export resourcing and Brexit.

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On 11th November Katie Doherty visited Fray Bentos, the town in Uruguay where the famous Anglo meat packing factory was built. The factory has been recongised as a UNESCO world heritage site. The site includes buildings from the Liebig Meat Extract Company which exported meat and corned beef to the European market from 1865. The Anglo Meat Packing Plant then exported frozen beef from 1924 onwards.

 

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Katie Doherty attended the 21st World Meat Congress in Punta del Este, Uruguay 8th-9th November 2016. The Congress was organised by INAC and IMS. Topics included global trends, sustainability, animal care and health, human health and nutrition, governance and trade.

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