The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan is currently leading a three-day (November 13-15) Trade Mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The mission will facilitate high-level business contacts for Irish suppliers spanning a number of key sectors including International Education, Lifesciences, Digital Media, ICT and Telecommunications, Financial Services, Aviation, Agri-technology and Business Services.
During the trade mission, Minister Flanagan will promote Ireland and its world-class companies during a series of high level business engagements with private and public organisations.
He will also undertake a series of engagements with representatives of the Irish business community in the region including the Irish Business Network-Saudi Arabia, the Abu Dhabi Irish Business Council, and the Dubai Irish Business Network.
The 37 delegate-companies represent a wide regional spread, with participants based in Cork, Laois, Limerick, Roscommon, Kerry, Galway, Louth, and Dublin.
The Trade Mission, organised jointly with Enterprise Ireland, is part of ongoing efforts to raise Ireland’s profile internationally, to improve the already-strong bilateral trade and investment linkages with the Gulf region and to provide a forum for Irish companies active in Saudi Arabia and the UAE to develop their relationships with customers, partners, and other stakeholders. The Trade Mission is also part of Enterprise Ireland’s broad drive to increase the export market penetration and diversification of Irish companies post Brexit.
Speaking in advance of the visit, Minister Flanagan said, "This Trade Mission will include a number of high-level meetings and will serve to strengthen Ireland’s economic, political and cultural ties with these key priority markets. I look forward to working with our partners in Enterprise Ireland to produce real results for the Irish economy. Significantly, this mission is also an opportunity to reassure our important trading partners of Ireland’s commitment to the EU, following the UK vote last July."