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Minister Bruton departs on 5-day, 3-city trade and investment mission to China and Korea

  • 41 Irish companies to participate in Enterprise Ireland programme targeting increased exports to high-growth Asian market
  • 13 IDA meetings and events aimed at persuading Asian companies to invest and create jobs in Ireland

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton today departs on a 5-day, 3-city trade and investment mission to China and Korea, jointly organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. This is Minister Bruton’s 21st trade/investment mission since taking office 40 months ago.

The 5-day mission to Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul comprises a total of over 40 meetings and events.

Before departing today, Minister Bruton said:

Key growth markets in Asia are particular targets, and since the Taoiseach and I travelled to China in 2012, the Government has stepped up our efforts to improve our performance in exports to this region. This has started to show results, with for example a 23% increase in Irish companies’ exports to China in 2013. On the FDI side, China and Korea are home to some of the biggest companies in the world, many of whom are interested in Ireland as a gateway to Europe.

Given the opportunity that exists in these massive markets, I am determined to build on this progress, further increase our exports and support the jobs in Ireland that we need.

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