By Carlos Trejo Serrano
Mexico, Feb 13 (Notimex).- While the revision to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) advances, the commitment of the agricultural sector of Mexico is to expand its commercial exchange to countries with a Muslim population.
In an interview with Notimex, the director of ProMéxico in Doha, Juan Antonio Zepeda, said that it is a market with a potential superior to one thousand 600 million people around the world and continues to grow.
Of the 50 Mexican agro-industries, 17 are from meat that can export agri-food products to that community with presence in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia, he said.
The Halal seal is the passport to reach those nations, by certifying the meals allowed by Islamic law, which the Mexican authorities intensified in their work since 2014 to achieve it and two years later managed to materialize it.
According to the 2017 Agroalimentary Atlas, prepared by the Agri-Food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), 120 companies have the opportunity to diversify the export of their agricultural and fishing products to the Arab countries.
Among them are meat, substitutes for animal protein, dates, berries, avocado, garlic, tomato, carrot, broccoli, corn, vegetables, squash, watermelon, lemon, fresh cactus, liquid and powder, canned jalapeño and chipotle, Habanero chile, honey, chickpea, tuna, spices, sauces and more, detailed.
Zepeda said that Gusi Group is one of the first companies to specify the sale of beef for 200 tons during a year, however, the expectation is to export meat products for up to 20 billion dollars to the Arabian Peninsula.
Last December, the Mexican company Grupomar sent the first shipment with 200 thousand cans of tuna in water, with salad, mayonnaise, salmon and chipotle to Qatar, which left an income of 150 thousand dollars.
"The Muslim population represents a global market opportunity", which is why Mexico seeks to gain more ground in the Arab market and, therefore, several Mexican companies will travel to Dubai to participate this month in the 23rd edition of the fair of the Gulfood food industry.
He commented that the commercial exchange between Mexico and the Arab countries is about 1,800 million dollars, and for more than 563 billion dollars of exports to the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates , Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.
The representative of ProMéxico argued that our country also has ample potential to make inroads with producers or services from the automotive, pharmaceutical and construction sectors, among others, to those countries.
"The diversification of markets has to do with the nature of the economy itself and, in that sense, (in Mexico) we have a sufficiently solid economy and it needs to expand its export offer to different countries," he added.