Montevideo, 4 August 2022 (TDI): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay announced that China conveyed its consent with the base text of the Protocol on Phytosanitary Requirements for the export of sorghum from Uruguay.
El día de hoy, China🇨🇳 transmitió su conformidad con el texto base del Protocolo de Requisitos Fitosanitarios para la exportación de sorgo desde Uruguay🇺🇾. Se trata de un avance significativo hacia la habilitación de las ventas nacionales de este producto al país asiático.
— Cancillería Uruguay 🇺🇾 (@MRREE_Uruguay) August 3, 2022
This action is the consequence of the strong ties that exist between the two nations. Along with the joint articulation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries of Uruguay, and the Embassy of Uruguay in China.
Furthermore, it is evident that China is the most significant sorghum importer in the world. In line with the signing of the Protocol, it will contribute to the diversification of Uruguayan exports to that country.
Once the agreement is ratified, the Protocol will then improve relations between China and Uruguay.
The relationship between the two countries will be strengthened both in terms of trade and friendship. That is, based on cooperation, green development, food safety and security, and the well-being of both societies.
Previously, on July 13, President Luis Lacalle Pou said that Uruguay and China may start negotiations to sign an FTA. That is, following the “positive” completion of the feasibility study being carried out by both countries.
During the Mercosur Summit, the President stated that Uruguay would advance in the negotiations. Likewise, he notified his Mercosur partners that the idea is to “go together”.
“This is not an initiative of this government, it is an initiative of two or three governments backwards. To be clear, this is a national feeling, it is not a feeling of a government coalition, move forward in this direction and, if we can with the partners, the better,” said the President.
Notably, like various countries in Latin America, Uruguay has deepened its relationship with China in the past years.
Thus, under the government of Luis Lacalle Pou, Uruguay has been “tactful”, especially with regard to increasing trade with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).