The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, will arrive tomorrow [Thursday 22nd March 2012] in China for a 7-day trade and investment mission organised by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA.
Minister Bruton Launches Enterprise Ireland’s Guide to Doing Business in China with Enterprise Ireland CEO Frank Ryan and Shujing Zhang, Economic & Commercial Counsellor, Chinese Embassy
The mission will be led by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, from his arrival in China on Sunday next, 25th March 2012. In the intervening period, Minister Bruton will be in Hong Kong and Shenzen. 130 executives from almost 90 Irish companies will accompany the delegation.
To coincide with his departure, the Minister today also launched “Access China”, a guide to doing business in China published by Enterprise Ireland, to help facilitate Irish companies in breaking into the export market there.
Speaking before his departure, the Minister said:
“Over the past year this Government has made solid progress in restoring stability to the Irish economy – while there is still much work to be done, recent jobs announcements and economic data show that our plan is working. The next step now is to build on the progress made so far and pursue new opportunities for jobs and economic growth.
“China is a country of well over a billion people, with the world’s second-largest economy, and has enjoyed incredible economic growth over the past decade. Irish trade with China has grown in recent years, but we must do more if we are to take advantage of the great potential for jobs and growth in Ireland that is provided by China.
“A crucial part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is to increase trade and investment activity with key markets such as China. We have already put in place a series of measures to build on the work done in recent years, including the Foreign Earnings Deduction to encourage companies to put boots on the ground in these markets, but we must do more. The recent visit of the Vice President offered an incredible opportunity, and we are determined to take full advantage to further improve our links with China.
“Ministerial trade missions will form a key part of our strategy to further develop our trade and investment links with China. This visit, led by the Taoiseach, will open many doors for the 90 Irish companies which are travelling, as well as many more who will follow in the coming months and years. It will also offer opportunities for investment by Chinese companies into Ireland.
“I am confident that through this trip, together with a series of other measures in the Action Plan for Jobs, trade and investment with China can play a major role in building a sustainable recovery in our economy”.
For further information contact:
Press office, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Tel: 01 631 2200, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.