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€5.1m in contracts secured by Irish firms during tech trade mission to Australia

Minister for Small Business, John Perry, today announced that Irish firms secured €5.1m in new deals during this week’s Enterprise Ireland technology trade mission to Australia. The announcement comes on foot of a strong export performance in 2010 in which Irish exports to Australia grew by €26m.

Making the announcement Minister Perry said:

This was a highly successful and constructive trade mission. Not only did Irish companies secure €5.1m in prestigious contracts but we also opened up a number of doors in strategic sectors such as medical technologies and financial services.

Ireland’s technologies closely match Australia’s needs and their interest in our technologies was evident from the constructive engagement we received both at industry and political level. Based on this positive mission, we are confident that Irish exports to Australia will enjoy further growth over the coming two to three years.

45 Irish technology firms participated in the mission, which focussed on developing Irish software and services exports to Australia and included firms from technology sectors including IT and mobility, telecommunications, e-learning, financial services and e-health.

The Australia mission was the first in a series of overseas trade missions and events that Enterprise Ireland has planned to take place over the next four months to push Irish exports in key high potential markets.

Read the full press release here