Minister Deenihan leads Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Perth and Brisbane
Friday, 21 November, 2014
The Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., will today begin an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Australia, leading 18 innovative, exporting Irish construction and engineering companies in an effort to boost trade between the two countries.
Minister Deenihan will visit both Perth and Brisbane during the four-day mission, organised by Enterprise Ireland in cooperation with the Embassy of Ireland in Canberra and Consulate in Sydney. He will have a series of high-level meetings with business organisations in addition to Irish companies and their Australian partners and customers.
The 18 Irish companies participating in the trade mission are from the construction, engineering and software and services sectors, where there are significant opportunities in Australia and strong growth potential.
The visit comes at a good time for Irish companies seeking new opportunities in Australia. Enterprise Ireland client companies are now exporting goods and services worth almost €300 million annually to the Australian market, which is the largest in the Asia Pacific region and the ninth largest market for Enterprise Ireland client companies.
Minister Deenihan said:
“Australia offers a wealth of opportunity for Irish exporters. I am looking forward to highlighting the strong commercial relationship between Ireland and Australia and to raising awareness of Ireland as source of world-class products and services.
“Trade missions are critical to strengthening existing links and opening new doors for increased exports and collaborative business ventures. They are key to supporting Irish companies as they seek to grow, increase their exports and open new markets. Growth in trade and investment resulting from trade missions supports jobs in Ireland, and is a central element of the Government Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy and the Action Plan for Jobs.
“As Minister for the Diaspora, I very much look forward to engaging with key Irish business people based in Australia who have a strong track record of experience and engagement in the market. The Australian market presents strong growth opportunities for Irish companies and this visit is about helping them tap that potential.”
In addition to the Enterprise Ireland trade mission, the Minister has been meeting with members of the Irish community in Australia. In Perth the Minister will also officially open the new Honorary Consulate of Ireland for Western Australia, which will provide services to Irish citizens in the region. The Minister will also attend the AFL-GAA International Rules Match taking place in Perth tomorrow [22 November].
Notes for Editors
- Enterprise Ireland is the Government agency responsible for the development and internationalisation of Irish enterprises. Its main aim is to boost exports and the creation of export-led jobs. Enterprise Ireland has 30 offices worldwide to help Irish firms develop overseas markets. Each year, Enterprise Ireland organises a series of targeted international Trade Missions, market visits, participation in international trade fairs and a large number of international buyer visits to Ireland focussed on assisting Irish firms target and securing international contracts and overseas partners. Enterprise Ireland works directly with Irish firms to help them start up, develop their businesses, build competitiveness and innovate.
- Trade promotion and economic messaging are central to the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and its Embassy Network. Embassies work with State Agencies, including Enterprise Ireland, to promote Ireland as a source of high-quality products and services, a destination for investment, research, study and tourism.
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