Minister Bruton departs on 9-day trade and investment mission to Gulf and India with 63 Irish companies

18th April, 2015

Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland mission includes a total of 53 meetings and events aimed at supporting jobs in Ireland

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD today (Saturday) departs on a 9-day, 7-city trade and investment mission to the Gulf region and India, aimed at supporting more jobs in Ireland by delivering more exports for Irish companies, as well as extra multinational investment.

This is Minister Bruton’s 26th major trade/investment mission since taking office 4 years ago. As part of its strategy to support increased exports and jobs, this Government more than doubled the number of trade missions since taking office.

The mission, organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, involves a total of 63 Irish companies, and comprises 53 meetings and events. 7 cities will be covered – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah, Doha, New Delhi and Mumbai. Among the programme is included:

  •   37 meetings and events aimed at supporting increased exports by Irish companies
  •   5 one-on-one meetings with multinational companies considering investments in Ireland
  •   7 one-on-one political meetings, including with Government Ministers in each of the four countries visited
  •   4 engagements with media, aimed at communicating Ireland’s economic story in the countries involved

The mission to the Gulf follows a highly successful trade mission to the region in 2014 led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Bruton, and aims to develop leads and contacts made on that mission, help Irish companies finalise deals with local partners and ultimately create more jobs in Ireland.

Speaking before departing, Minister Bruton said:

“At the heart of our jobs plan is supporting more exports, from both Irish and multinational companies. We have put in place a range of measures to deliver on this, including doubling the number of trade missions, placing extra staff for Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland in overseas markets and tax incentives for firms to place more staff overseas to help win sales. In the past four years these measures have delivered real results, with 40,000 extra people at work in exporting companies over that time.

“A key focus of these measures are high-growth emerging markets like India and the Gulf region which are the target of this mission. I have visited both of these markets on several occasions since taking office, and what is clear is that there are real opportunities here, both for Irish exporting companies to win export sales, and for Ireland to attract multinational companies. What is also clear is that consistent, sustained work is needed in order to take advantage of these opportunities.

“This trade mission is a key part of that plan, and I am confident that it will result in concrete results, in the form of extra sales for Irish companies and new investments in Ireland from multinational companies, over the coming weeks and months”.


For further information contact:

Marie McMahon, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innvoation Ph: 087 1255572

Notes for Editors


Dubai, UAE, Sunday 19th April 2015

08:50    Arrive Dubai

09:30     Minister attends Contract Signing Mater Private and Dubai Police

10:00     Minister joins in progress Software and Services Workshop,

10:15     Minister joins in progress IT for Life Sciences Workshop.

10:30     Minister joins in progress Smart Environment Workshop

11:30     Meeting with CEO of company, transport sector

12:15     Minister departs for Lunch Meeting with Dubai Irish Business Network

12:45     Dubai Irish Business Network Lunch Meeting

14:30     Meeting with Undersecretary Abdullah al Mahel, UAE Ministry of the Economy

16:00     Meeting with company, transport sector

16:45     Minister joins in progress Market Exploration Workshop.

17:00     Minister attends Contract Announcement and signing with EI Client Company PEL Manufacturing, local partner Orwell International and Jumeirah Group

17:30     Dinner Meeting with EI Client company, business services sector

19:00     Depart for Airport

21:00     Depart for Jeddah

23:10    Arrive Jeddah

Jeddah/Riyadh, KSA, Monday 20th April 2015

08:00     Breakfast meeting with senior Irish business people

09:15     Agri Tech Client Company Workshop

10:15     Aviation Client Company and Workshop with company, transport sector

11:00     Water Technology Client Company Meeting

12:30     Meeting with Chairman of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce followed by business lunch

13:45    Depart Jeddah Chamber of Commerce for Airport

16:00    Depart for Riyadh

17:35     Arrive Riyadh,

19:30    Business Reception, Embassy of Ireland, Riyadh

Riyadh, KSA, Tuesday 21st April 2015

08:00     Depart hotel

08:45     Meeting with CEO of company, transport sector, along with EI clients

09:30     Minister joins in progress Software and Services Client Company Workshop.

09:45    Minister joins in progress opportunities in Saudi Lifesciences workshop

11:00     Meeting with KSA Minister of Commerce, HE Dr Tawfiq al Rabiah. Ministry of Commerce

12:30    Minister joins in progress Ireland Saudi Arabia Business Council meeting followed by Lunch

14:00    Meeting with Ministry of Education

15:30     Meeting with SAMA Deputy Governor

16:30     Minister departs for airport

18:45    Depart for Doha

20:05     Arrive in Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar, Wednesday 22nd April 2015

07:00     Irish Qatari Business Council Breakfast

08:45     Minister joins in progress Doing Business in Qatar  – Talent Management Workshop

09:15     Minister joins in progress IT for LifeSciences Workshop

10:00    Meeting with Under Secretary Sultan Rashid Al-Khater, Ministry of Economy and Trade

11:30    Meeting with company, telecommunications

12:45    Meeting with EI Client Company technology sector and local partner

14:30     Meeting with Qatar Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

16:00     Meeting with CEO of company, transport sector and Enterprise Ireland Client Company Workshop

17:00     Dinner Meeting with Enterprise Ireland Client companies and Qatar company,

transport sector

20:20     Depart for Abu Dhabi

22:25     Arrive in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday 23rd April 2015

08:30     Minister joins in progress Abu Dhabi Business Environment Workshop

08:45     Minister joins Meeting with EI Client Company

10:00    Minister joins in progress Software and Services Workshop

11:00    Internationalization Workshop with Business and Consumer Services Client Group

12:30    Lunch Meeting hosted by Abu Dhabi Irish Business Council

14:15     Meeting with company, telecom/tech sector

15:00    Minister visit to Abu Dhabi Airports Company and Client Company Workshop

16:45     Meeting Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan, Minister for Culture, Youth and Community Development

18:00    Media interview

18:30    Business Reception hosted by Embassy of Ireland

21:00    Minister Bruton departs for hotel

Friday April 24th, 2015

10.05   Flight from Dubai

15.00    Minister arrives into Delhi

15.30     Lunch en route

16.30     Meeting with Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Commerce Minister

               Media Interviews

18.00     Meeting with target company, technology sector

19.30     Briefing on India market activities

20.30     Business dinner with senior executives from IDA & EI client companies

Saturday 25th April

09.15     Depart Ambassador’s residence

09.45     Speaking slot at the Global Exhibition on Services . Incl media interviews.

Depart 12pm

12.30     Lunch meeting with client company, technology sector

13.30     Media Interviews

19.30     Business Event

Sunday 26th April

09.30     Depart for the Airport

12.40     Flight to Mumbai

14.40     Minister arrives into Mumbai

19.30     Business dinner with senior executives from IDA & EI clients

Monday 27th April

09.00     Meeting with target company, healthcare sector

10.45     Site visit client company, technology sector

               Zutec / Samsung/Reliance construction site

               Venue: BKC

12.00     Lunch

13.00     Media Interviews

15.30     Depart for meeting

16.30     Meeting with client company

19.30     Private Dinner

22.30     Depart for Airport

01.50     Return flight to Dublin