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Minister leads Australia trade mission

Friday, August 29 10:53:02

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton today leads a trade mission with 32 Irish company representatives to Australia.

The five-day, three-city trade and investment mission will go to Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney and is jointly organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

The mission includes over 40 high-level meetings and events including 23 meetings and events aimed at supporting increased exports by Irish companies to Australia, by facilitating contacts and enhanced relationships with local companies, organised by Enterprise Ireland.

There will be seven one-on-one meetings with senior executives of Australian companies considering making investments in Ireland or expanding operations already here, arranged by IDA Ireland - including meetings with fast-growing Australian companies ACS and iM3 and six one-on-one interviews with major Australian media outlets - broadcast and print - as part of the Government's campaign to communicate the story of Ireland's economic recovery abroad, help facilitate increased investment here and raise awareness of Ireland as a source of world-class, innovative products and services. There will be five political meetings and events, including one-on-one meetings with the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment and the Minister for Employment. Minister Bruton will also attend Australian Federal Parliament Question Time.

Speaking before his departure, Minister Bruton said: "At the heart of our jobs plan is supporting an export-led recovery, and in the past three years we have put in place a range of measures to encourage more job-creation in Irish and multinational companies here. Central to this is Ministerial-led trade missions, which help to put our agencies and our businesses in front of decision-makers in overseas companies and Governments who can enable the job-creation in Ireland that we need. As well as new measures like increasing the numbers of Enterprise Ireland and IDA staff in overseas markets and new tax incentives to encourage job-creation here, we have more than doubled the number of Ministerial-led trade missions since taking office."

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