As part of a Joint Trade Mission between Enterprise Ireland and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, today begins a two-day Trade and Investment Mission to Athlone, Sligo and Limerick as part of a ‘Global Sourcing’ initiative.
The initiatives objective is to maximise sales opportunities for Irish SMEs with multinational companies based in Ireland.
Since the Global Sourcing initiative began in 2012, 21 new contracts have been secured by Irish companies valued at €10.5m.
This year, IDA will hold over 20 one-to-one meetings with Irish companies to learn how their products or services may add value to an IDA sponsored multinational based in Ireland.
Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor speaking from Athlone at the start of the trade mission said: “Ireland is a world-class location for overseas companies and we have a thriving global multinational base here. Regionally based Irish companies are successfully exporting their products and services globally, and are well positioned to service these companies.”
She added, “There are tangible opportunities for SME’s and multinational companies through mutually beneficial collaboration and partnerships. My objective and a key objective for Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland is to translate the introductions made over the next two days into business opportunities that will lead to contract wins and increased employment.”