MOLDOVAN VEGETABLE GROWERS STAND GOOD CHANCES ON BRITISH MARKET - KEITH SHANNON06.08.2012
Moldovan vegetable producers stand good chances on the British market – said British Ambassador to Moldova Keith Shannon in an interview with the magazine Banking & Finance (Profit).
He said that “one of the highlights of living in Moldova is the range and quality of the local food, especially the fresh vegetables.”
“There is a growing market in the UK for organic produce. If organic certification can be guaranteed, then that is an area of potential interest. Moldova was badly hit by the global economic and financial crisis and is going through some difficult political changes. Further work needs to be done to remove unnecessary red tape and promote a more stable business environment, but I believe Moldova is moving very much in the right direction. Agreeing and implementing a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union will help the investment climate. It will also make it easier for Moldovan businesses to export by ensuring their products meet European Union standards. And it will also benefit everyone living in Moldova because freer trade will bring more competition, lower prices, and higher quality and safer products,” said Shannon.
The diplomat also said that the trade turnover between the United Kingdom and Moldova has increased by over 20 per cent in each of the past two years.
“The value of Moldovan exports to the United Kingdom was over US$100m, the main products being textiles (a number of well-known British high street shops sell garments produced in Moldova) and agricultural goods (particularly seeds for production into essential oils for cosmetics and food essences). It would be nice to see some more Moldovan wines available in the United Kingdom: at the moment only a very few brands are available from specialist importers,” he added.